Male figure from a model

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


Height x width: 20 x 4.4 cm (7 7/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a male individual in a pose suggestive of dancing. Both arms and the right leg are missing. The left “foot” is carved as a peg for attachment to a larger model scene. The right leg was clearly lifted forward. The surfaces are well smoothed. There are traces of a white around the hips, likely remnants of a kilt worn by the figure. There is no wig remaining. The figure’s eyes are outlined in black.


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