Model of a boat being rowed

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: 36 x 10 x 22 cm (14 3/16 x 3 15/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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 has three kneeling figures: two rowers and a helmsman. All three are painted a reddish-brown, wearing black wigs and white kilts. Eyes are detailed with black and white. The exterior arms of the rowers are pierced near the ends and would originally have held oars. The helmsman in the stern of the boat mans the stanchion which is attached to the rudder. The boat is plastered and painted white with red lines on the top to indicate divisions and beams of the boat’s interior.


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