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: 57 x 14 x 31 cm (22 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 12 3/16 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 tomb model depicts a boat with a cabin and three remaining figures, two of which are still attached to the boat itself; the remaining figure has been re-attached at the boat’s stern. All figures are painted a yellow color, suggesting they are female. The largest is a striding figure that stands at the bow, carved with pegs for feet for attachment to the boat. The two others are kneeling/seated figures, one of which is positioned in front of the boat’s cabin. The other is no longer attached. All figures wear white garments and black wigs. The boat and cabin are plastered and painted white, with much flaking of these treatements. The top surface of the boat has red lines detialing divisions and beams of the boat’s deck. At the stern of the boat, a vertical stanchion for a steering oar remains. A steering oar has also been added to the model.


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