Breasted: Cairo Museum. 504. Kneels on rectangular base, heels touch hips. Most extraordinary is the block on which the toes rest; this raises heels and thereby gives support to hips without figure's having to sit back too far for efficient operation of upper grinding stone. Latter is grasped by both hands, and figure apparently looks at it. Lower grinding stone is unusually thick, and has small pile of grain at end nearest the figure. Headdress covers the cars. Body, yellow; eyes and wig, black. |
Adapted from Borchardt: Painted statue of a servant grinding grain. Wood. Length: 0.285 m.
From Dahshur 1894/95. The knees and toes are touching the ground. The body is slightly bent backwards and the hands are placed on the upper grinding stone. The ears are covered by a short wig.
Colouring: Hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, pupils - black, eyes - white, apron - yellow.
Tooley (p. 10) notes that this figure is unusual in that such millers are normally female.
|Mastaba 24 - Spy|
|post 6 dyn|
|Ref. for dating|
|Egyptian Museum , Cairo|
|II-1-2-A-e PREPARATION AND PROCESSING OF FOOD - The Making of Bread. - Kneeling man or woman grinding grain. - Single figures. - Middle Kingdom, wood.|
|Height 16 cm, Length 28.5 cm|
|Borchardt-1925 , II, p. 73, Ill. 86|
|BreastedJnr-1948 , II-1-2-A-e 4.|
|Tooley-1989 , p. 10|
|deMorgan-1903 , p. 18|
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