Model female figure

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13
2061–1640 B.C.


Height: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden tomb model depicts a femail figure in a leaning post. It is plastered and painted. Her skin is painted yellow, and she wears a short, white skirt and a black wig. The legs are broken off below the knees. The arms were separate components from the body, attached at the shoulders by small pegs. They are now missing. She was likely part of a larger model composition (most likely a baking/brewing or weaving scene). The wood shows signs of decay.


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