Model figs, onions, and garlic

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Length x width (of the largest): 1 x .8 cm (3/8 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, gesso

Not On View


The Ancient World



Model food offerings including onions, garlic and figs. Each object was made of either a ball of linen thread covered with plaster or a ball of thread wrapped in cloth and covered with plaster. Paint was then applied to the plaster.


From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition