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Model flail

This is a model flail (flagellum) composed of two pieces. The join is a slot and groove with no dowel or pin to hold the pieces together. Individual components of the "whip" element are distinguished only by short notches in the flared end. Both pieces are of a reddish-brown wood with...

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From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty, 2010–1961 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Top length 31.5 cm; diameter 1.9 cm; bottom length approximately 22.5 cm; grooved end of rudder 3.5 cm

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The Ancient World