Offering Bearer

Offering Bearer

This offering bearer was discovered in the tomb of Meketre, one of the high officials who lived at Thebes during the time of the 11th Dynasty. Such models and servant statuettes were believed to magically provide offerings for the deceased in the afterlife. Meketre's rock-cut tomb in Deir al‑Bahari is famous for the large number of painted wooden models depicting servants, workshops, and many other activities. They are among the largest such models ever discovered, and exhibit an astounding attention to detail and masterful craftsmanship.

Middle Kingdom, 11th Dynasty, reign of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep (c.2055–2004 BC)

Medium: Wood, gesso, paint

Provenance: Deir al‑Bahari