Model of a procession of soldiers

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

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


Length: 53.5 cm (21 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This wooden tomb model decpits a procession of soldiers. Ten male figures march in a double file on a baseboard. They carry cylindrical objects that may be quivers made of animal skins, suggesting a military procession. The figures are painted reddish-brown. They wear white kilts and black wigs, and their eyes are detailed in black and white. The “feet” of the figures are carved as pegs for insertion and plastering into holes in the base. Five remain attached to the base, while the rest have separated. Arms are separate components from the bodies, articulated at the shoulders via small pegs. Though some are still attached to their original figures, several have come off. Many fragments have broken or chipped away from the components of the model. In general, it is in battered condition.


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