MODEL FUNERARY BOAT
Sycamore fig wood
12th Dynasty, about 1900 BC
|This painted wooden model
represents a funerary boat bearing a mummy on a bier beneath a canopy.
To the port side of the mummy stands the small figure of a man,
holding in his left hand a partially unrolled papyrus. He is presumably
a lector-priest, who would read the ritual text written on the papyrus
over the body. There are actually some traces of a text on the papyrus,
but it has not been possible to read it. Fore and aft of the mummy
stand two female mourners; these women are usually representations
of Isis and Nephthys, the sisters of Osiris and archetypal mourners.
At the rear, between a pair of steering oars, the helmsman is squatting.
On the deck are also a small offering table and a couple of pots.
Actual size: Length 77.5 cm; Width 13.4 cm; Height 6 cm.
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