Model Type
barber / flax workers
Breasted [III-4-3 1.]: Copenhagen, Glyptothèque Ny Carlsberg. Two male flax-workers standing beside raised platform; one leans forward and is engaged in beating flax or papyrus fibre with club held in right hand. The other is more nearly upright; his hands, which are at sides, are each bored through as if to hold something.
From Sakkara, tomb of Gemniemhet. Ninth dynasty. Firth-Gunn, Teti Pyramid Cemeteries, I, P. 53; II, Pl. 28, C.
Jorgensen p.86: states that this model was retained at Cairo Museum and not sent to Copenhagen. He also believes that these two workers are more likely to be washermen.
There are two other workers on the same base. One of these is bearing barber's instruments.
Breasted [II-5-1 1]: Sakkara, tomb of Gemniemhet. Ninth dynasty. Barber and his assistant; Barber carries case containing at least three instruments, fastened to his belt in front hands are at sides. His assistant is in the same pose, with left foot forward, but carries on his head a block. The latter must have been used either as a seat by those who were to he shaved, or as a platform for the barber to stand on if the person to be shaved also remained standing.
Firth-Gunn, Teti Pyramid Cemeteries, I, P .53, Pl. 28.
Early 12th Dyn.
Ref. for dating
Jorgensen, p. 73
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Accession number
JE 47929
Breasted Classification
III-4-3 INDUSTRIES: CRAFTSMEN AND SHOPS - Workers in Leather, Flax, and Papyrus. - Flax- or papyrus-fibre workers.
References (Bibliography)
BreastedJnr-1948 , III-4-3 1. flax
BreastedJnr-1948 , III-5-1 1. barber
Firth-Gunn-1926a , I p. 53; II Pl. 28
Jorgensen-2002 , pp. 86-7, ll. p. 87
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