About this object

The granary is surrounded by a wall and has an outward-opening door. Inside the courtyard is a flight of five steps leading to three silos which are accessible from above. Three men are engaged in dragging sacks of grain up to the silos. One of them is shown emptying his sack, whereas one other has already emptied his. The men are all represented with dark, reddish-brown skins and white knee-length kilts. Another man is missing. Two squatting men sit before a table and are perhaps scribes. One is wearing a white cloak that entirely covers his body. The other is wearing a cloak that exposes his right shoulder. Surface cracks but good preservation generally.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Bahri
  • Date made
    About 2055 - 1985 BC (Dynasty 11)
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood; Gesso
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Bahri
  • Date collected
    1887 - 1899
  • Measurements
    205 mm x 262 mm x 317 mm
  • Note
    Interestingly the 1930s record card describes one of the standing figures as carrying "two birds", which is also illustrated in an accompanying line drawing. Would these birds have been placed with the model in error by the excavators/EEF before donation to the musuem? In a letter from Emily Paterson of the EEF dated 7.12.1899 she writes: "Dear Mr Forbes, I am pleased to inform you that my Ctee. have voted the Liverpool Museum "a model of a granary from Der el Bahri XI Dynasty" I am sending it. Yrs faithfully, Emily Paterson (Secretary)."
    There is no record of any tomb number.
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner)

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    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
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  • The XIth Dynasty Temple of Deir el-Bahri Part I

    Naville, Edouard and Hall, H. R., and Ayrton, E. R.

    Author: Naville, Edouard and Hall, H. R., and Ayrton, E. R.
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1913
    Description: Publication of the Egypt Exploration Fund excavations at Deir el Bahri - the 11th Dynasty temple of Mentuhotep II (3 volumes).


  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Deir el Bahri 1897 - 1907

    Start date: 1897
    End date: 1897
    Description: Edouard Naville's excavations between 1897 and 1907 for the Egypt Exploration Fund. Naville cleared the temple of Hatshepsut and discovered the temple of Mentuhotep II in 1897. He carried out several seasons of work at the beginning of the 20th century with the final season during the winter of 1906-7. The museum provided financial sponsorship and the committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund donated a granary model accessioned on 13 December 1899 (; 30 objects which were accessioned on 13 October 1904, accession series In 1956 the museum purchased the bulk of Norwich Castle Museum's Egyptian collection which included material from Deir el Bahri donated by the Egypt Exploration Society in November 1925 to the East Anglia Egyptian Society( "from old stock"). Bibliography: Naville, The Temple of Deir el-Bahri, 7 vols. (London, 1894-1908). Naville, The XIth Dynasty Temple of Deir el-Bahri, 3 vols. (London,1907-1913).


Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1899-12-13
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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