Model of five female offering bearers

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

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


Length: 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

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Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World



This wooden tomb model depicts female offering bearers provided with a roughly rectangular wooden base. The skin of the figure is painted yellow. They wear white dresses and black wigs with various hairstyles. The dresses have a strap over the left shoulder. Eyes are detailed in black and white. Arms were fashioned separately from the body and are attached with small pegs at the shoulders. Legs are carved with peg “feet” for attachment to holes in the base. The rear woman is shown with bent left arm carrying a reddish-brown box.


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