Model of a boat under sail

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: 72 x 17 x 51 cm (28 3/8 x 6 11/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.822

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Models

This wooden tomb model depicts a boat with a crew of six male figures, all of whom are painted reddish-brown with black wigs and white kilts. Five of the six are in standing postures with one leg advanced, while a helmsman sits/kneels at the stern manning a steering oar attached to a stanchion that once occupied the hole visible in the boat’s deck. A bowsman stands in the prow as lookout. The rear two of the four central figures reach forward, tending to the boat’s mast or sail. The “feet” of the standing figures have been carved as pegs for insertion into the deck. Arms were carved as separate components and attached to the bodies of the figures via small pegs. The boat is painted 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