About this object

Wooden model of a cow painted white with black spots. The model is made from five pieces with the four legs being separately made and pegged on to the body. Carved detailing for the eyes, nose and mouth. There is quite a lot of surface loss and dirt; with some parts missing such as the ears and horns. Three pegs on the feet survive which were originally inserted into a board, allowing the model to stand upright.

Charles Gatty recorded the opinion of Samuel Birch on the record card: "This is more probably a calf, the action is more like a calf than a bull - this has probably been a toy".

Gatty Slip record: "Formerly in the Hertz coll: vide the cat: p 169 no, 2445".

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tomb Equipment
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    2055 BC - 1773 BC (Dynasty 11 - 12) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood; Gesso
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    x 47 mm x 183 mm
  • Related people
    Bram Hertz (Previous owner); Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Bram Hertz

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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