Model basket - 907.18.767_1


Model basket

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
6.5 x 5.9 x 6.4 cm
Object number: 907.18.767
Not on view

Part of a wooden tomb model of a type popular in undecorated tombs during the First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom. This wooden model of a basket or box was probably meant to contain bread in a brewery or bakery scene. This is a relatively tall model basket, basically trapezoidal in shape with the base being smaller than the top. There are two round holes with dowels for attachment on the base. The top part is painted white to indicate the linen cloth covering the basket contents. The sides are painted a pale yellow with vertical and horizontal black lines. The effect is that of a checkerboard indicating a woven basket, perhaps with strengthening ribs. Chips are missing from the piece, there is a large horizontal crack on one side and the paint is worn in places.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1907-1910
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