Model male figure

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


Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a tomb model was likely part of a larger model scene, possibly a boat. It depicts a striding male figure. He is painted reddish-brown with a white kilt and short, black wig. The eyes have also been detailed with black and white. The arms, which were carved as separate elements and are now missing, though thw small pegs by which they were attached to the shoulders are still present. The legs are broken above the ankles. The wood shows some 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