Model boat

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13
2061–1640 B.C.


Height x length x depth: 42 x 64 x 16.1 cm (16 9/16 x 25 3/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The hull is a modern reconstruction with ancient component parts assembled for a full scene. The scene includes the primary owner seated beneath a cabin with animal skin patterns, an attendant facing him with arms outstretched, a rower at the prow with one oar, and a steerer at the stern. An additional oar, a red jar, a small table, and a mallet are also set on the floor of the boat. Individual parts include:

72.4129: Standing male figure with arms missing, painted reddish-brown with a short, black wig and a white kilt, standing by the steering oar.
72.4157: Seated male figure with arms extended
72.4163: A primary male figure seated on a chair beneath the boat’s cabin, painted reddish-brown, wearing a white kilt and short, black wig. His hands are resting on his lap.
72.4237: Model jar with traces of red paint
72.4260: Steering oar with traces of blue and red, and black wadjet eyes, broken in two fragments but mended
72.4286: Mallet
72.4332: Oar
72.4333: Oar
#445 [=Res.72.116]: Seated figure with one arm
W 145: Darker reddish-brown seated man at the front of the boat
#773: Four fragments of the boat cabin
W 255: Model table
W 291: Mast


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: April 22, 1992)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way