Model Type
musicians / entertainment
Breasted: 1. Cairo Museum. Karenen is seated in a sedan chair. Poles for carrying chair were not found; but holes for thongs used in carrying the chair are present. On either side sits a harpist, a woman on the right, a man on the left; three women singers are seated in front. A favourite girl attendant sits on a stool slightly in front and to his right. Karenen is of superior dark wood; he holds in his right hand the handle of a fly-whisk imitating a human hand. The whisk which was of soft material is missing. The singers seem to be dancing girls as well; one wears the knob-ended braid of a gymnast or acrobat.
From Sakkara, tomb of Karenen. Tenth dynasty. Length. 33 cm. Cf. Quibell, Excav. at Saq. (1906-07), Pl. XVI, text, pp. 10, 74-75.
From Global Egyptian Museum: The wooden model from the tomb of Karenen depicts musicians and singers performing for the master. The master is seated on a carrying chair.
A woman is seated on a stool by his feet. A man and a woman, who are positioned on either side of the carrying chair, are playing harps. Two baskets and two boxes are placed in front of the deceased.
Three women are shown clapping to the rhythm. All the figures wear wigs and short kilts.
length=34 cm.
Late 11th to early 12th Dyn.
Ref. for dating
Tooley-1989 p. 56.
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Accession number
JE 39130
Breasted Classification
VI-1-2 ENTERTAINMENT - Musicians and Singers. - Harpists and singers entertaining deceased. Intermediate period.
Length 34 cm
References (Bibliography)
BreastedJnr-1948 , VI-1-2 1.
Quibell-1908 , Pl. XVI, text, pp. 10, 74-75
Ranke-1936 , Pl. 85
Tooley-1989 , p. 56
Museum Online Record Card
Links to Images and Other Refs


internal ID: 1081