Model Type
spinning / weaving
Breasted: 1. Cairo Museum, JE 46723 (Pl. 48b) In an open court without any suggestion of an arch, a dozen women are engaged in various phases of spinning and weaving. Three figures seated in a row with their backs against the wall are preparing flax perhaps by beating it on the semi-circular small platforms, one of which is in front of each figure; they then place it in buckets beside each of three standing figures engaged in spinning. Each of the latter holds a distaff in the left hand and turns a spindle in the right. Two other spinning figures whose spindles have become full are stretching the newly spun thread on three pegs stuck into the side wall. Three other figures are busy at weaving on the two looms which lie on the floor, and are kept taut by means of pegs driven into the floor. Most of the figures wear a linen garment; all have a white garment painted on. Likewise, they all have long head-dresses.
From Deir el Bahari, tomb of Meketre. Winlock, MMA Bull., Dec. 1920, pt. II, fig. 13, pp. 22, 26, 28.
GlobalEgMus web page: - height=26 cm. width=43 cm. length=93 cm.
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Accession number
JE 46723
Breasted Classification
III-4-2-B INDUSTRIES: CRAFTSMEN AND SHOPS - Workers in Leather, Flax, and Papyrus. - Models of spinning and weaving scenes. - Eleventh dynasty.
Height 26 cm Width 43 cm Length 93 cm
References (Bibliography)
BreastedJnr-1948 , III-4-2-B 1, Pl. 48b
Tooley-1989 , p. 32
Tooley-1999 , Fig 44
Winlock-1920 , MMA Bull, Dec. 1920, pt. II, fig. 13, pp. 22, 26, 28
Winlock-1955 , p. 29-33, Pls 24,25,26,27,66,67
Museum Online Record Card
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