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Model of a butcher's workshop

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Painted wooden model showing three men butchering an ox and a third man tending to a fire. All four men wear white kilts; the butcher's is stained with blood from his knife. Two of the men wear wigs; the other two have yellow-painted scalps to indicate they have not been exposed to the sun.


From Asyut, tomb 7. 1903: excavated by Emile Gaston Chassinat and Charles Palanque for the Institut francais d'archeologie orientale, Cairo; 1904: purchased for the MFA by Albert M. Lythgoe.

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 or early Dynasty, 2040–1783 B.C.


Asyut, Egypt


Height x width x length: 44 x 42.5 x 44 cm (17 5/16 x 16 3/4 x 17 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World