Model figure of nude woman

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

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, S.F. 167


Height: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This wooden model figure depicts a woman standing with legs together. She wears a long wig. It was plastered and painted, though much of the surface treatments have worn or flaked off. It appears to have had an overall white ground, portions of which may have been suggestive of a garment. It is also possible that the figure was meant to be shown nude. The wig is painted black. The eyes are detailed in black. Arms were carved as separate components and atached by ped/dowel. One arm is missing, while the other is present but detached. A rectangular base has been provided with a depression into which the figure’s feet are set. Both figure and base have several holes and are in somewhat battered condition.


From Sheikh Farag, S.F.167. 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition