Model of a Granary with Scribes

Period: Middle Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 12

Reign: early reign of Amenemhat I

Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), serdab, MMA excavations, 1920

Medium: Wood, plaster, paint, linen, grain

Dimensions: L. 74.9 (29 1/2 in); W. 56 cm (22 1/16 in); H. 36.5 (14 3/8 in);
average height of figures: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920

Accession Number: 20.3.11


This model of a granary was discovered in a hidden chamber in the tomb of Meketre, an important official who began his career under Mentuhotep II of Dynasty 11 and continued to serve successive kings into early Dynasty 12. A set of detailed models depicting weaving, carpentry, and food production was placed in his tomb. They were intended to provide Meketre's spirit with everything it would need in the afterlife.

Early in his career, Wah was probably responsible for recording the goods brought to Meketre's granaries and other storerooms. A variety of writing surfaces were available to Egyptian scribes. One of the figures shown here writes on a whitewashed board, while the other uses a roll of papyrus.