Model of a man feeding an ox

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

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


Length x width: 35.3 x 6 cm (13 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is a wooden model depicting a crouching steer on base facing a seated man. The man originally would have had an arm extended to feed the animal. While the steer and base plank have been carved from the same piece of wood, the human figure has been made separately and is attached by peg dowel. Details of both figures are painted in black, white, and brownish-red with conspicuous patches of lost pigment. The base is cracked just in front of the steer, and there is the steer’s head is cracked roughly through the neck. The steer’s left foreleg has also broken off.


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