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Model Rocker

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Foundation Deposits

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.
MEDIUM Wood
DATES ca. 1478-1458 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 2 x 3 3/8 x 9 in. (5.1 x 8.5 x 22.8 cm)  (show scale)
ACCESSION NUMBER 02.226
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, CUR.02.226_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
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