Model Boat with Crew Sailing Upstream

The traditional model of a boat depicts the crew sailing upstream. The boat is equipped with a mast, spars, or poles, and a well-preserved linen sail, and rigging and an oar. The models of the 15 members of the crew vary in posture, except for their feet, which are separately modeled in stucco. They are painted dark red, emphasizing the natural color of their skin. They wear heavy short black wigs. The cabin, open at the front and back, is decorated with two bull hide shields hanging on either side.

Model Boat with Crew Sailing Upstream
Model Boat with Crew Sailing Upstream

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1981-1975 BC. From the Tomb of Meketre (TT280), Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 46720

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