Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
In addition to commissioning new buildings, Egyptian kings occasionally claimed existing structures such as temples or palaces as their own.
The most common way for a king to do this was to substitute his own name for that of the original builder in the inscriptions. When a king commissioned a new structure, he buried objects in the four corners of the foundation to be certain that the gods would remember the true builder and that later kings could not find and reinscribe them. These so-called foundation deposits usually included plaques with the king’s name, as well as models of objects used to erect the building, such as grinders, hoes, and rockers needed to move large stones.
ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
2 x 3 3/8 x 9 in. (5.1 x 8.5 x 22.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
Foundation deposit in south end of Middle Terrace, Great Temple of Deir el-Bahari, Thebes, Egypt; 1895-1902, excavated by Édouard Naville, Egypt Exploration Society; 1902, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society to the Brooklyn Museum.
Model wooden ‘rocker’ presumably for moving large stones. The two moving sides are of thin wood in shape of rockers and are connected by six (originally seven) crudely cut wooden bars which pierce through the sides. Inner side of one rocker incised with single column of inscription.
Condition: End of one rocker missing. One cross bar missing. Inscription broken. Wood very dry.
Model Rocker, ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E. Wood, 2 x 3 3/8 x 9 in. (5.1 x 8.5 x 22.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 02.226. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.02.226_erg456.jpg)
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