Model boat of Ukhhotep
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
Probably from Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir)
l. 115 cm (45 1/4 in); w. 19 cm (7 1/2 in); h. 46.5 cm (18 5/16 in)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912
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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