Model Type
Breasted: 1. Copenhagen, Glyptothèque Ny Carlsberg, A 516 (Pl. 47b). The architecture of this spinning and weaving model is extraordinary. From each of three central posts arched beams radiate to the next post and the adjacent walls. The arrangement strongly suggests a building with groin vaults. Ten of the eleven figures appear to be women: two standing women are engaged in spinning; their spindles are preserved. The distaff is held in the left hand. While the right knee is raised the spindle is rubbed against the leg, thereby twisting the thread rapidly; when the spun thread is sufficiently long it is wound onto the spindle. Four women seated in pairs seem to be weaving linen on horizontal looms. Most of the various parts of the looms are preserved. Even the thread for weaving is piled up in one corner.
From Sakkara, tomb of Gemniemhet. Ninth dynasty. Length: 53 cm.; width: 29 cm.; height: 15 cm. Cf. Firth-Gunn, Teti Pyramid Cemeteries, I, p. 2,3, II, Pl. 31, C; Mogensen, La Coll. Eg., Pl. LXVI, text, p. 68. A 516 is from old catalogue (see Jorgensen)
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
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Breasted Classification
III-4-2-A INDUSTRIES: CRAFTSMEN AND SHOPS - Workers in Leather, Flax, and Papyrus. - Models of spinning and weaving scenes. - Intermediate period.
Length 53 cm Width 29 cm Height 15 cm
References (Bibliography)
BreastedJnr-1948 , III-4-2-A 1, Pl. 47b
Firth-Gunn-1926a , I p. 2,3, II, Pl. 31C
Jorgensen-2002 , pp. 88-9, Ill. p 89, Cat Num 24
Mogensen-1930 , Pl. LXVI, text, p. 68
Tooley-1989 , p. 57
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