Model of a procession of three officials

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

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


Length: 18.8 cm (7 3/8 in.)

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Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World



This wooden tomb model depicts a procession of three male figures, likely overseers. They wear long, white kilts and have closely cropped hair styles painted black. Their eyes have been detailed in black and white. There are slight traces of reddish-brown to suggest their skin may have been painted this color. The arms have been carved as separate components from the bodies and are attached at the shoulders with small pegs. They standing on a roughly rectangular wooden board. The “feet” of the figures are carved as pegs for insertion into the base. The absence of additional holes in the base suggest there were no additional figures in the procession.


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