Egyptian Wood Male Model Figure
An ancient Egyptian painted wood standing male figure with a short white kilt and cropped black hair, perhaps representing a farmer or artisan.
Middle Kingdom, ca. 2040-1780 BC.
Wooden tomb figures were placed in Middle Kingdom tombs. The wood figures were organized in the tomb carrying out various daily functions. These figures are believed to perform various functions of the deceased in the afterlife. Models represented servants, farmers, artisans, craftsmen. They work in granaries, factories, the military and religious worship. Funerary boats were constructed to reflect the progression into the underworld. These boats contained the deceased, their family, attendants and a crew.
cf.: Model Granary from the Tomb of Meketre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession # 20.3.11.
Formerly in a Belgian private collection.