Model plough

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Woodwork case
Object Types
Model, Tool | Implements and utensils, Agricultural equipment, Plough
Height: 320mm
Number of Elements

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A model plough, hoe or ard, with modern restringing (see Brovarski, 1982, 46 for a similar example). Such items were used for the ritual of the breaking of the soil, but also in brick making. Small examples are carried by shabtis. It was likely purchased at auction by Wellcome from the Berens' sale in 1923


Brovarski, et al. 1982. 'Egypt's Golden Age: the Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558-1085 BC' Museum of Fine Arts Boston p 46

Wellcome Number
24649 (This is the only example we have of this type, i.e. with a board, and we have other items from this sale. Plus it seems we also have the item sold as a sickle in the same lot (EC787))
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 31 Jul 1923, Lot 17
Previous Owners
Ellinor Frances Berens (1842–1924) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 17 Feb 2021

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