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Model Shield, Spear Case, and Spears

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Date:
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Asyut (Lykopolis), Khashaba excavations
Medium:
Wood, stucco, paint
Dimensions:
h. 71.5 cm (28.1/8 in); w. 42.2 cm (16 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1917
Accession Number:
17.9.3–.11-related
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112
Egyptian soldiers going into battle carried spears and protected themselves with shields. This model shield, a model spear case, and seven model spears are faithful reproductions of Egyptian military equipment. The shield is painted to imitate cow-hide reinforced at the edges with a strip of rawhide, here indicated in red paint.
Excavated by Sayyid Pasha Khashaba (Said Bey). Acquired by Khashaba in the division of finds. Purchased from Khashaba, 1917.

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