Model basket with sealed jars

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty
2061–1926 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Deir el-Bersha, Pit 10 A


Height: 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)

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On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World



This is a wooden model depicting a basket containing five jars. It would originally have been joined to the head of an offering bearer figure, attached to the head via a small peg. It is plastered and painted. The basket is painted white with black line details. The jars are painted red with black jar stoppers at the top.


From Deir el-Bersha, tomb of Djehutynakht, tomb 10, shaft A. May 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition