Model of a female offering bearer

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

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


Height: 35.5 cm (14 in.)

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The Ancient World



This wooden model figure depicts a nude female offering bearer standing with legs together, feet slightly apart, with a basket on her head. The arms are carved as separate components and are still articulated with the body. The left arm is raised to balance the basket. The figure’s legs are long relative to the rest of the body. She stands on a rectangular wooden base. The feet have been carved as pegs for attachment to the base. The skin is painted a dark brownish-yellow, possibly discolored somewhat from a somewhat lighter original hue. The wig is black. The eyes are detailed in white and black, and the pubic area is detailed with small incised lines filled with black. A black line pattern has been applied to the basket.


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