Model goose - ROM2018_16363_31


Model goose

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
2.5 × 1.5 × 7 cm
Object number: 907.18.775
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionIn her right hand this restored figure of a female offering bearer holds an Egyptian goose that was made in two pieces. Because of the dowel at the end of the wing and the dowel hole on the back of the body, the original arrangement of the pieces is easy to reconstruct. Geese were a favourite food among the ancient Egyptians and although wild geese could certainly be hunted in the marshes, tomb scenes from the Old and Middle Kingdoms show that the high demand for these birds was met through domestication.  Chickens came to Egypt from the Near East and are first attested in the Ramesside Period; they were not common in Egypt until the Persian and Ptolemaic Periods.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1907-1910
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