Model of a boat being rowed

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)

Dimensions

Length x width x height: 58 x 10 x 13 cm (22 13/16 x 3 15/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.16704

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Models

The following description reflects this object’s current condition and state of assembly, which were achieved after conservation. Photography that appears with this record may show the object prior to changes made during conservation.

This wooden boat model depicts a sailing vessel with a crew of six male figures. All figures are painted reddish-brown and wear black wigs and white kilts. Their eyes are detailed with black and white. A bowsman stands in the prow as lookout, four rowers kneel in the middle of the craft, and a helmsman is located at the stern of the boat manning a stanchion attached to the rudder. Arms were carved as separate components and attached to the bodies of the figures via small pegs. The boat is white with red lines on the deck to indicate divisions and beams.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition