Model Type
brick-making
Description
Breasted -- 1. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 21.411 (Pl. 46c). Twelfth dynasty. This exceedingly interesting model contains five male figures; the first stands holding a hoe and appears to be breaking up the hard, dry mud. Beside him sits a second man with arms outstretched down and forward, apparently kneading the mud and mixing it with water from the bucket next to him. Two porters, each with right arm at side and left arm bent with hand at level of shoulders, must have carried mud of the proper consistency to the seated man at the other end of the model. This individual places mud in the form which he is touching with his left hand as it lies before him, and then as each brick is moulded he places it in one of the two neat rows directly behind him to dry in the sun. Colours: skin, bucket, red; skirts, sides of mould and whites of eyes, white; headdresses, eyebrows, irises and edges of eyes, area around bucket, spots near mould, and mud bricks, black. It is interesting to note that no feet are indicated, perhaps because the ground was soft and muddy.
From El Bersheh, tomb of Debuti-nekht. Length: 54 cm. Dunham, MFA Bull., Aug., 1921, p. 46.
Site
el-Bersheh
Tomb
10A - Djehutinakht
Museum
Museum of Fine Arts , Boston
Accession number
21.411
Breasted Classification
III-3 INDUSTRIES: CRAFTSMEN AND SHOPS - Brick Making.
Material
wood
Dimensions
Length 54 cm
References (Bibliography)
BreastedJnr-1948 , III-3 1, Pl. 46c
D'Auria-etal-1988 , p. 113, fig. 63
Dunham-1921 , p. 46
Freed-etal-2009 ,
Tooley-1989 , p. 40
Web Museum Record Card
URL: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/model-of-men-making-bricks-143704
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