Model granary

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


Height x width x depth: 14.1 x 31.4 x 32.4 cm (5 9/16 x 12 3/8 x 12 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This tomb model depicts the scene of a granary. The structure is fahioned of wooden planks to form the floor, four walls, and a loft on one side of the interior. A small ramp or set of stairs leads from the main floor up to the loft. A rectangular door has been cut into one wall and is outlined with reddish-brown paint. Two figures are at work in the scene. Both are painted reddish-brown with white kilts and short, black wigs. Their eyes are detailed in black and white. One figure is standing and carries a sack of grain. The other figure is a scribe, who sits/kneels with a writing board on his lap for accounting. Three globular jars with conical stoppers sit on the loft. Red lines divide the front wall of the loft into rectangular sections, possibly either indicating bins or the support beams of the structure.

The constituent parts of the scene by previous numbers are:

04.1762: model scene/granary structure
72.4239: jar
72.4159: scribe
W 258: model jar with seal
W 260: model jar with seal
(no number): figure of standing male carrying sack of grain


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: April 22, 1992)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund