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Stick or mast from a model boat

This is a long, thin reed stick, pierced at one end. It may be a mast from a model sailing boat or one of a cache of sticks (some of which are model bows and arrows) deposited in the tomb from which it was excavated (Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A).


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: June 4, 2009)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty, 2010–1961 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt

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The Ancient World