1. Go to each Exhibit by finding the Gallery #. Then use the object title to find the specific artwork you are answering questions about.
2. Have your Chaperone take a picture of you at that gallery and send it to email@example.com. Complete the sheet and move on to the next gallery.
3. Every individual in the group must complete the questions and drawings at each location. Sloppy or incomplete work will disqualify your team.
4. If more then own group goes to each exhibit and completes their work, we will use the extra credit at the end of the packet to break the tie.
5. RUNNING OR HORSE PLAY IN THE MUSEUM DISQUALIFIES THE TEAM. Your chaperone will escort you to the basement where you will wait until we depart the museum.
Model of a Granary with Scribes
On view in Gallery 899
Choose any of the models in the case where you see people working.
What is the task of the group?
Pick one individual. What are they doing that is helping the group accomplish the task?
Where did these figures come from? What does that say about Egyptian’s beliefs about the after life?
This model of a granary was discovered in a hidden chamber at the side of the passage leading into the rock cut tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre, who began his career under King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Dynasty 11 and continued to serve successive kings into the early years of Dynasty 12.
The four corners of this model granary are peaked in a manner that is sometimes still found in southern Egypt today presumably to offer additional protection against thieves and rodents. The interior is divided into two main sections: the granary proper, where grain was stored, and an accounting area. Keeping track of grain supplies was crucial in an agricultural society, and it is noteworthy that the six men carrying sacks of grain here are outnumbered by nine men taking care of measuring and accounting. Of the four scribes two are using papyrus scrolls, two write on wooden writing boards.
All the accessible rooms in the tomb of Meketre had been robbed and plundered already during Antiquity; but early in 1920 the Museum's excavator, Herbert Winlock, wanted to obtain an accurate floor plan of the tomb's layout for his map of the Eleventh Dynasty necropolis at Thebes and, therefore, had his workmen clean out the accumulated debris. It was during this cleaning operation that the small hidden chamber was discove-
red, filled with twenty-four almost perfectly preserved models. Eventually, half of these went to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and the other half came to the Metropolitan Museum in the partition of finds.
Go into Gallery 132 Look at all the wall figures: How do you know these figures are Egyptian? Describe how the body is depicted.