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Model boat of Ukhhotep

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Date:
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
Geography:
Probably from Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir)
Medium:
Wood, paint
Dimensions:
l. 115 cm (45 1/4 in); w. 19 cm (7 1/2 in); h. 46.5 cm (18 5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912
Accession Number:
12.183.3
  • Description

    One of two funerary boats bearing the name of Ukhhotep, this vessel carries a mummy on a canopied bier with a leopard skin spread on its roof. The deceased is accompanied by two female mourners, probably his relatives, in the guise of the goddesses Isis and Nephthys. There are two attendant priests, each dressed in a leopard-skin garment that indicates their office; one holds an open scroll inscribed with a formulaic funerary offering requesting bread, beer, and cool water for Ukhhotep.

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