Model Type
Eskenazi Museum of Art web site:

Model of Estate Workshops: Granary, Bakery, and Weaver's Shop

Models representing daily life were placed in tombs, with the intention that they would provide the deceased with a continuation of the pleasures and wealth of his/her life. This piece represents activities on a busy estate. The owner (or manager) and a scribe sit on a balcony overlooking a central courtyard. Workers in the courtyard and on the stairs fill granary bins located to the left of the courtyard; they may have been carrying sacks of grain. In the room behind the courtyard, grain is used to brew beer and to bake bread. To the right, weavers are busy preparing cloth; their positions indicate their activity since the looms themselves are missing. This model was found during the excavations of Mastaba B, a part of the Pyramid complex at Lisht. It was buried in the tomb of a man named Djehuty, who was an official in the court of Sesostris I.
Tranferred from MMA

Breasted Servant Statues:

-- 2. New York, Metropolitan Museum, 32.1.125 (Pl. 38a). Long narrow room beside granary court contains four women engaged in spinning and weaving. Two of them who are seated near one end probably are weaving. A third who stands performs an unrecognizable task. The fourth is seated in one corner perhaps preparing thread for weaving.
From Lisht, south pyramid, Mastaba B (Dhuty). Base: 49.5 cm. x 48.5 cm.; height: 9-11 cm. Lansing, MMA Bull., April 1933, pt. II, pp. 18, 20-1, figs. 16,17.

12th Dyn.
Ref. for dating
Eskenazi Museum of Art, cat. rec.
Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, Indiana, USA
Accession number
Breasted Classification
III-4-2-C INDUSTRIES: CRAFTSMEN AND SHOPS - Workers in Leather, Flax, and Papyrus. - Models of spinning and weaving scenes. - Twelfth dynasty.
was MMA 32.1.125, transferred from Met. to Indiana?
Base 49.5 cm x 48.5 cm Height 9 - 11 cm
References (Bibliography)
BreastedJnr-1948 , II-4-1 5, Pl. 38a kitchen
BreastedJnr-1948 , III-4-2-C 2, Pl. 38a weaving
Lansing-1933 , MMA Bull, April 1933, pt. II, pp. 18, 20-1, figs. 16,17
Tooley-1989 , pp. 53, 109
Tooley-1999 , Fig 37
Museum Online Record Card
Links to Images and Other Refs




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