Model of a transport boat with portable cabin

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: 61 x 11 x 30 cm (24 x 4 5/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

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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 six male figures. All are painted reddish-brown and wear short, black wigs and white kilts. White and black detailing has been used for their eyes. The boat is plastered and painted white with red lines on the top surface indicating divisions and beams of the boat’s deck. A man stands as lookout at the bow in a striding pose with left leg and right arm advanced. A helmsman kneels at the stern and tends to the vertical stanchion for a steering oar. Four other figures flank a thin mast near the bow. A canopy on eight posts with painted black and white shields and a wooden tray are situated on the boat. A small swath of linen is attached to one of the sailors.


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