Model Type
combination: carpentry / smithy / pottery
Breasted: 1. Copenhagen, Glyptothèque Ny Carlsberg, A 518 (Pl. 46b). Blacksmith shop: here two seated smiths are operating a forge by blowing through blowpipes; the fire is under a small crucible having two orifices, one on top, the other at the side; the latter is kept closed during the period of heating by means of a stopper. The molten metal will be poured through this closed opening. The blowpipe is strengthened at one end with a ball of clay, and the crucible is placed in an open box so as to prevent its overturning. Carpenter shop: one carpenter is sawing boards from a beam which has been set up vertically; he holds the saw in his right hand, and with his left steadies the partially sawed board to offset the vibration. Of the two carpenters seated under the roof, one appears to be fashioning a beam, the other making a head rest. Potters' workshop: two seated men are working in the open air; one is kneading clay and rolling it into a long cylinder. The other is making clay vessels on a slow wheel before him; he turns the wheel apparently with his left hand and models with his right. Beside him is a rectangular board, perhaps used for putting the finishing touches on his products before they are removed from the wheel. A small chest was found with this threefold model; when its sliding top was opened it was seen to contain ten model tools: saws, axes, drills. and adzes.
From Sakkara, tomb of Gemniemhet. Height: 14 cm. Ninth dynasty. Firth-Gunn, Teti Pyramid Cemeteries, I, p. 53, II, Pl. 29, C; Mogensen, La Collection Egyptienne, Pl. LXVI, text, pp. 68-69. A 518 is from old catalogue (see Jorgensen)
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
Accession number
Breasted Classification
III-2-3 INDUSTRIES: CRAFTSMEN AND SHOPS - Shops for Craftsmen Who Worked in Clay, Wood, Stone, and Metal. - Shops of craftsmen who worked in clay, wood, stone, and metal in one model.
Height 14 cm
References (Bibliography)
BreastedJnr-1948 , III-2-3 1, Pl. 46b
Firth-Gunn-1926a , I p. 53, II, Pl. 29C
Jorgensen-2002 , pp. 90-1, Ill. p 91, Cat Num 25
Mogensen-1930 , Pl. LXVI, text, pp. 68-69
Tooley-1989 , p. 57
Tooley-1999 , Fig 42
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