Model of a River Boat

A work made of wood and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–12 (about 2046–1794 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

In the Middle Kingdom, tomb paintings and statues were often supplemented with wooden models. This boat is fully equipped with a crew, oars, and a mast. It was thought that the model could provide the soul of the deceased not only with routine transportation, but also with the ability to make the pilgrimage to the sacred city of Abydos in southern Egypt, the cult center of the god Osiris.

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Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Model of a River Boat

Origin

Egypt

Date

2046–1794

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

63.5 × 114.3 × 17.1 cm (25 × 45 × 6 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, Robert H. Fleming, and Norman W. Harris

Reference Number

1894.241

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