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Model of a funerary boat

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This wooden tomb model depicts a papyriform boat (i.e. made of bundled papyrus) with a crew of eight male figures. The boat's ornamental bow and stern are topped with rosettes that likely represent papyrus clusters. The stern component is carved from a separate piece of wood. Each figure is...

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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

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

Object Place for Label


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Length x width x height: 72 x 27 x 32 cm (28 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World