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Model boat of Ukhhotep

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Khashaba excavations, 1910–11; Probably from Meir, Tomb of Ukhhotep
Wood, paint
l. 115 cm (45 1/4 in); w. 19 cm (7 1/2 in); h. 46.5 cm (18 5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112
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.
Each of the four figures surrounding the canopied bier bears an inscription on its front:
On the female figure at its head - nbt-Hw.t Htp-Hw.t-Hr mAa.t xrw
Nephthys Hetephathor true of voice
On the female figure at its foot- As.t Htp.t mAa.t xrw
Isis Hetepet true of voice
The male figure to the left of the bier - wdp.w Nfr-jw
The attendant Neferiu
The male figure to the right of the bier - Xr.j-H(A)b
The lector priest (left unnamed)
Niv Allon 2016
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan from Sayyid Pasha Khashaba and donated to the Museum, 1912.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 272.

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