Model cylindrical-shaped object - 907.18.750_1


Model cylindrical-shaped object

Medium:Wood, carved and painted
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 2055-2004 BC
Period: Reign of Mentuhotep II, 11th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
4 × 2 cm
Object number: 907.18.750
Not on view
DescriptionPart of a wooden tomb model of a type popular in undecorated tombs during the First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom.  Possibly part of a bakery scene representing a pile of fancy breads, looking a bit like bagels. Presumably meant to be stood vertically, this cylindrical object is hollow with a round dowel hole (5 mm in diameter) on base. The top has a rounded edge with a wider squarish opening (1 x 1 cm).  Four horizontal carved grooves divide the outer surface into five relatively equal rings (6-8 mm in width). Traces of white gesso appear all over outer surface. There are holes and a large gash on the worn outer surface.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1907-1910
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