Model Type
brick-making
Description
MFA website: This wooden tomb model depicts a brick-making scene. The wooden base has been painted dark brown to indicate clay being dug to be made into bricks. Four (of likely five original) male figures remain attached to the board. All figures are painted reddish-brown and wear white kilts and short, black wigs. At the back, one figure has a swath of linen wrapped around it at roughly waist level. This figure leans forward in the act of digging clay. Two standing figures carry a pole over their shoulder and held by holes in their hands. The pole likely originally held a basket of clay. The feet of the standing figures are carved as pegs for insertion into the base. The front figure kneels before shaped bricks that have been indicated by incised lines in the base. He likely would have been furnished with a model brick mold. The figures' arms are separate components from the bodies. The rear figure is missing his right arm, the attachment peg of which still protrudes from his shoulder.
Site
el-Bersheh
Tomb
10A - Djehutinakht
Museum
Museum of Fine Arts , Boston
Accession number
21.821
Material
wood
References (Bibliography)
Freed-etal-2009 ,
Web Museum Record Card
URL: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/model-of-men-making-bricks-143822
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