Model Type
soldiers / spearmen
Breasted: 1. Cairo Museum, 258. Company of forty spearmen, each with shield, marching by fours: They are later than the group of forty bowmen, No. 2 below. They wear short wigs, which protect the head like a helmet or stuffed cap. Each has a very short skirt tied by a band above and open in front, with a strip hanging down at the open section. Each man's military equipment consists of: a spear as long as the height of an average man; a dagger; a shield shaped like a Gothic window with a rectangular base. Each spear has a copper blade shaped like a willow leaf, thicker down the middle, with a raised central ridge; each blade was tied to the shaft with a leather thong in addition to being fastened with a tang. On the march the point was held uppermost, and the hand grasped the shaft at about the middle. The elbow was bent at approximately a right angle in order to carry the spear well ahead. All the infantrymen are barefooted. Individuals vary considerably in height and in facial traits. Modelling of the limbs, especially the knees, is excellent.
From Asyut, tomb of Mesehti. Discovered by robbers in 1895. Ninth-Tenth dynasty. Length- 193 cm. Borchardt, Statuen, 1, Pl. 56, text, p. 165: Grebaut, Le Musee Egyptien, 1, pls. XXXIII-XXXV, text, pp. 31-34.
GlobalEgMus web page: - height=59 cm. width=62 cm. length=193 cm
Tomb III
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Accession number
CG 258
Breasted Classification
VII-7-1 CONCUBINES AND OTHER GROUPS OF RETAINERS - Figures of Armed Retainers. - Marching soldiers.
Catalogue Général (CG)
Height 59 cm Width 62 cm Length 193 cm
References (Bibliography)
Borchardt-1930 , Vol III, Pl. 56, text, p. 165
BreastedJnr-1948 , VII-7-1 1.
Maspero-1890 , pls. XXXIII-XXXV, text, pp. 31-34
Tooley-1989 , p. 36
Museum Online Record Card
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