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Relief showing a royal ship

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 5
reign of Niuserre–Unis
ca. 2400–2323 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I, MMA excavations, 1908–09
h. 96 cm (37 13/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.180.26a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Fourteen men strain at the oars of a boat, the size of which suggests that it belongs to a royal scene. The oarsmen are led by a coxswain flourishing a baton. Above, an inscription reads "God's Boat."
The very low, almost incised edges of the relief point to a date in the second half of the Fifth Dynasty.
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God's Boat
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

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