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: 37.4 cm (14 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This wooden model figure depicts a 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. A rectangular wooden base has been provided, and the figure’s feet have been carved as pegs for attachment to this base. They are now separated. The woman is painted white, which may be faded from a slightly darker yellow color. Her wig is black, and facial details are accented in black as well. A black line on the basket suggests that it was decorated with at least a simple pattersn.


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