Male figure from a model

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11 or 12
2061–1783 B.C.


Height x width: 18.1 x 5 cm (7 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a striding man. The skin is painted a deep reddish-brown. He wears a black-painted wig and a short kilt in white paint, much of which has flaked away to expose the unerlying light wood. The eyes are outlined in black as well. The right arm is missing, and a dowel hole remains in the shoulder where it was attached. The left arm is carved from the same piece of wood as the main figure (not doweled); it is shown hanging down at the side. The left leg is damaged, and the figure’s feet are both broken off.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way