Model of a boat

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

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


Length x width x height: 60 x 12 x 16 cm (23 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This wooden tomb model of a boat would have originally included figures for a crew, likely to have included a person at the bow (likely attached by a peg, remnants of which are still inserted in the hole in deck), a helmsman at the stern, and several rowers. None of these remain. Holes are present for attachment of some by pegs. The deck is plastered and painted white with red lines to indicate divisions and beams.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition