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The tomb of Mesehti in Asyut, from the Middle Kingdom, had two detailed models of soldiers.  Mesehti was the provincial governor in the 11th Dynasty Asyut and these models have provided significant details about Egyptian soldiers.

This is a painted wooden model of a troop (40) spearmen.  They are common soldiers are are shown wearing a short linen kilts and are carrying a spear and shield. The shield is between 1.0 and 1.5 meters high with a wooden frame, is covered with cow hide and is tapered towards the top.  The back has a wooden handle carved from the middle of the wooden frame.  The spears have a long leaf-shaped blades.



Cairo Museum, Egypt.

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