About this object

Spinning and weaving model. Rectangular board painted black with rectangular knotch missing from one corner. The frame of a horizontal loom and warp threads are painted in black lines on the board. Pegs are placed at three corners of the loom. Two female weavers sit at the short end of the loom and one female spinner stands at the other end, with two containers behind her. She holds a spindle in her left hand and from her right another spindle hangs down from some thread. The standing female is now missing linen that was wrapped around her waist, shown in an early (pre 1941?) photograph in our archives. From the tomb of Khetya (no. 575) that was found undisturbed and most of the other objects are now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan
  • Date made
    2055 BC - 1773 BC (Dynasty 11 - 12) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood; Gesso
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Univeristy of Liverpool, 2000
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan
  • Date collected
    1904 before
  • Measurements
    205 mm x 175 mm x 300 mm
  • Note
    Compare with a model in Boston: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/model-of-weavers-143965
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    Publisher: Annales du Service des Antiquitiés de l’Égypte
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    Date: 1932-03
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  • Liverpool Excavations at Beni Hasan 1902-1904

    Start date: 1902
    End date: 1902
    Description: Excavations directed by John Garstang of the University of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology on behalf of the Beni Hasan Excavation Committee during two winter seasons 1902-03 and 1903-04. In the lower cemetery, below the large rock-cut tombs of the high-officials, 1000 undecorated shaft tombs dating to the early Middle Kingdom contained tomb equipment such as coffins, pottery and wooden funerary models. Garstang's report includes a discussion of the artefacts and detailed descriptions of 4 intact tombs. Also included is a description of some earlier Old Kingdom burials and some tombs of the Third Intermediate Period (and later) at the southern end of the site, near Speos Artemidos (Istabl Antar). The bulk of World Museum's Beni Hasan collection came direct from the university following the end of the excavations and after World War Two to replace those destroyed by enemy action in the war. Some other artefacts came from John Garstang's private collection, Norwich Castle Museum, Wellcome Historical Museum and Rossall School (Fleetwood, Lancashire). Bibliography John Garstang, 'Excavations at Beni Hasan 1902-3'. Man 3 (1903) pp. 97-98 & 129-130. John Garstang, 'Excavations at Beni Hasan in Upper Egypt (Second season)'. Man 4 (1904) pp. 97-99. John Garstang, 'Excavations at Beni Hasan (1902-1903-1904)'. Annales du Service des Antiquities de l’Egypte 5 (1904) pp.215-227;. John Garstang,'The Burial Customs of Ancient Egypt as illustrated by tombs of the Middle Kingdom; being a report on excavations made in the necropolis of Beni Hassan during 1902-3-4. (London, 1907).

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    End date: 1994
    Description: An exhibition about textiles and clothing in Ancient Egypt organised by the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden. Opened in Leiden and then travelled to Denmark and Germany. Loan no. AE LO 26193

  • Pharaohs and Mortals: Egyptian Art in the Middle Kingdom

    Start date: 1988-04-19
    End date: 1988-04-19
    Description: An exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 19 April to 16 June 1988 and at World Museum, Liverpool, 18 July to 4 September 1988.


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