Model of a boat. Middle Kingdom, ca. 2135 – 1650 B. C.

Boats and ships were the main means of transport in Ancient Egypt. They sailed up and down
the Nile and even to the sea. Archeological findings and images in temples and tombs show that
the Egyptians used a lot of different types of vessels.
During the Middle Kingdom wooden models of boats became a popular part of tomb inventory.
The model from the collection of the State Museum of Fine Arts is a small sail and oar ship with
a team of rowers (the oars and the sail were destroyed). This is a burial ship used to transport
sarcophagi of the deceased.

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