Funerary model of boat with 12 rowers and steersman - ROM2004_1039_2


Funerary model of boat with 12 rowers and steersman

Medium:Wood, carved and painted
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 2055-2004 BC
Period: Reign of Mentuhotep II, 11th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
95.35 cm
Object number: 910.18.1
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis wooden model of a boat was excavated from the tomb of King Mentuhotep II (2055-2004 BC) at Deir el-Bahri, near modern Luxor. This model was reconstructed using the material from several models strewn across the tomb floor and using other Middle Kingdom boat models as a guide. The model depicts a galley with twelve rowers and coxswain, who steers the boat and has charge of the crew. Such a galley might have been used to haul barges of produce or manufactured items. Such models were placed in tombs to ensure the deceased everlasting prosperity, for it was thought that both would magically come to life and work for the tomb owner in the afterlife.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1906-1907
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