Model of a boat under sail

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: 59 x 11 x 27 cm (23 1/4 x 4 5/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

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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 five male figures. All figures are painted reddish-brown and wear black wigs and white kilts. Their eyes are detailed with black and white. A man stands at the prow in a striding pose with right arm advanced. Four others surround a central mast, two standing and two stepping and leaning inward. The boat was originally with a sail set. The top surface of the boat is detailed with white paint with red lines 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