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: 60 x 12 x 16 cm (23 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 6 5/16 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 depicts a sailing vessel with a crew of six male figures. All figures are painted reddish-brown and wear black wigs and white kilts. Their eyes are detailed with black and white. A bowsman stands in the prow as lookout, four rowers kneel in the middle of the craft around the mast, and a helmsman is located at the stern of the boat manning a stanchion attached to the rudder. Arms were carved as separate components and attached to the bodies of the figures via small pegs. However, in this model all of the figures are missing both of their arms except for one. The boat is white with red lines on the deck 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