Museum number - IPSMG : R.1921-89.66
Ipswich Museum Service
Object group - models

Description - Wooden model scene showing six male carved figures engaged in various domestic activities. Activites shown are bread and beer preparation and the slaughter of a cow. One standing figure holds a long pestle inserted into a red-painted mortar, probably intended to show crushing grain. The upper part of the pestle is pegged into the arm. Another figure is squatting near the mortar with the hands on the ground perhaps to add grain or remove the crushed grain. The front of the lower body of this figure is triangular in section. Next to the figure's right is a small cylindrical barrel with convex sides painted red with black bands on the upper and lower edges and around the middle. The top of the barrel is white, perhaps indicating the contents. Nearby, is a seated figure with arms outstretched over a saddle quern, grinding grain for flour. This figure is leaning back and, with the arms now glued with modern adhesive, cannot sit flush with the base with the hands on the quern. The quern is painted white, perhaps indicating a pale stone, such as limestone. A rubbing stone is depicted as a rectangular integral raised piece painted in red. Adjacent is a table carved from a single piece of wood with an inverted trapezoidal base and flat top. Next to this is a figure standing over a large vat. This has convex sides which are painted red and a slightly larger upper portion painted yellow, perhaps some type of strainer, with the centre painted black. This may represent the brewing of beer. In the centre are five tall conical objects; the one in the middle is painted yellow and the others are painted red. All have black tops, the centre one showing some modelling. These depict pottery storage jars with mud sealed lids. These are set into a square base with tapering sides, which is painted yellow with black edging. To the right of the figure are two men, with a darker red skin colour. These are engaged in the slaughter of an ox. The animal is shown lying on one side and is white with black markings. The upper foreleg is pegged to the body. Nearby, one figure is kneeling and holding a vessel, perhaps to catch blood from the slit throat of the animal. The front of the lower body is triangular in section with legs painted in red on either side. On either side of the neck are carved protruding rectangles both with a long metal pin inserted. This may represent the knife inserted in the throat or possibly the horns of the animal. The other figure is standing, leaning slightly over the animal. To one side, near the centre, is another barrel, this one yellow with similar black bands to the other, but black on top. Behind the figure are two tall vessels, one read with a conical top painted white with black horizontal bands and the other yellow with a small white disk-like top with four intersecting lines. Next to this is a tall potstand with vertical black and yellow bands and a black jar on top. All of the men are shown with black hair in a short, rounded style and wear knee-length kilts. Three of the figures, the two involved in butchery and the one holding the pestle, are shown with distinctly red painted skin, while the others are of a paler yellow colour. The arms are pegged to the bodies, some quite crudely. The hands do not have separate fingers indicated and the legs of the standing figures terminate in tapered pegs. The eyes are disproportionately large, outlined in black paint with the pupils also shown in black and the sceleries in white. The base of the model is a roughly carved thin rectangular piece of wood with the upper surface painted yellow.  

More details
Period - Dynasty 9 (2025BCE-2160BCE)
Found at - Sedment
Material - wood
Measurements - length 33 cm approx.; width 25 cm approx.; height 20 cm approx. total

From the Mummy's Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Treasures in Ipswich Museum



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