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.
A boat from the collection of the State Museum of Fine Arts is a rare example of tomb models.
Apparently, it is a pilgrimage ship. Its nose and aft are decorated with the heads of white goats
(ibexes). A naos-shaped cabin on the deck features two male figures: one is a short robe, and a
bigger one in a white coat. The second figure must symbolize the owner of the tomb making a
pilgrimage to a sacred place.