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Boat model

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Made of pinkish clay and decorated on the hull with vertical lines in reddish paint, it represents a flat-bottomed boat of reeds or papyrus bundles lashed together. The tall prow and stern are now missing. Models like this one, relatively uncommon in the Predynastic Period, have been found in...

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Said to be from Naqada. 1903: Purchased for the MFA at Luxor, Egypt from Mohamed Mohassib by Albert M. Lythgoe for £3. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, 3650–3300 B.C.


Height x width x length: 11 x 16.4 x 37 cm (4 5/16 x 6 7/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

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Marl clay


The Ancient World