Model of a pilgrimage 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: 59 x 13 x 29 cm (23 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 11 7/16 in.)

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On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


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 tomb model depicts a boat with a crew of three male figures. The bowsman at the prow of the boat is in a striding pose. His “feet” have been carved as pegs for insertion into holes in the boat’s deck. The arm components of the bowsman were carved separate from the body and attached by pegs. There are two squatting figures located in front of a closed, brown painted cabin. There is a stanchion with a steering oar attached at the stern of the boat. The boat is painted white with red line decorations on the top to indicate deck 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