Male figure from a model

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


Height x width: 20.9 x 5.7 cm (8 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a male individual in a striding or dancing pose. The skin is painted a deep reddish-brown. A black-painted tripartite style wig is odd for this type of model figure. Black dots on the upper chest may be intended to represent nipples. The left leg is raised forward and bent. The front portion of each foot has broken off. The bottom of the right foot has a hole for attachment to a larger model composition. The arms are separately carved elements still articulated to the main figure at the shoulders. The left hand is bent forward at the elbow, while the right is bent slightly inward across the front of the kilt. Hands appear to have broken off, after which the breaks were painted over. The right arm was broken and mended. It is likely that this figure was altered and partially repainted. It was probably a female figure originally but repainted (possibly in modern times?) as a male.


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