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: 67 x 17 x 47 cm (26 3/8 x 6 11/16 x 18 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.825

Medium or Technique

Wood

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

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 tomb model depicts a boat with a crew of five male figures, each of which is painted reddish-brown with short, black wigs and white kilts. Their eyes have also been detailed with black and white. The figures are in standing poses and still attached to the boat. On the prow a lookout stands with left leg and right arm advanced. The central four figures are arranged in two facing pairs, two leaning forward and two reaching forward to tend to the boat’s sail and mast, the latter of which is present. A rudder is located at the stern of the boat for steering purposes. The boat is painted white with red line decorations on the top to indicate deck 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