Male figure from a model

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


Height x width: 18.7 x 5 cm (7 3/8 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 with left leg forward. The skin was painted a deep reddish-brown, faint traces of which remain. The figure is clothed in a short kilt, painted white. No wig is evident and no facial features are detectable due to the battered condition of the face. The arms are carved as separate pieces and are still articulated with the body at the shoulders. They both hang at the sides. A portion of the right arm is broken off. Both hands and most of each foot are missing as well. Surviving segments of the feet exhibit holds in the bottoms for attachment to a larger model composition.


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