Model of a granary

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

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


Width x height: 25 x 21 cm (9 13/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is a wooden tomb model of a granary. Wooden beams are joined to form rectangular chamber with red lines around the exterior upper rim and a door painted on one side, all in reddish-brown. The granary chamber contains two standing male figures and one seated figure. The figures’ skin is painted reddish-brown. They wear white kilts, at least one of which has a sash over one shoulder, and black wigs. The seated figure holds a writing board for accounting of grain. One standing figure holds a sack of grain on his left shoulder, while the other leans forward with a scoop/pail for measuring grain. Both sack and pail are painted white with black line patterns.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition