Male figure from a model

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


Height x width: 17.4 x 5.7 cm (6 7/8 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, gesso

Not On View


The Ancient World



This male figure from a larger wooden model scene is in a pose suggestive of dancing. The figure has a gesso coating that has flaked off in some areas. He wears a kilt with a sash over the left shoulder, painted in white. A short hair/wig style is painted black. The figure’s arms are still articulated. The right arm is held up and bent over the head. The left leg is broken off, but was clearly lifted. The right foot is also broken off. The face is heavily worn.


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