Model boat

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Offerings case
Object Types
Fakes and replicas, Fakes | Model, Model Boat | Model, Unidentified funerary model, Unidentified figure | Model, Model Boat, Part of boat, other crew/passenger
Middle Kingdom to Modern
Length 410mm
Number of Elements

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This model boat, if not a complete fake, is heavily modified from its original form. The animal heads at either end of the boat are likely adapted (X-rays taken in 2019 by Cardiff University are inconclusive). The paint also uncharacteristic of such boats, and the crew are comprised of varying figures, most likely originating from different models.


Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 164] Merriman, A. 2011, Egyptian Watercraft Models from the Predynastic to Third Intermediate Periods page 436 Merriman, Ann 2011. Egyptian watercraft models from the Predynastic to Third Intermediate Periods. BAR International Series 2263. Oxford: Archaeopress.


Wellcome Number
A61333; R6914
Other Identity
W351 (a pre-1997 catalogue card suggests we have a Middle Kingdom model boat accessioned as W351. As we have only one item fitting this description it is assumed that the card should have given the accession number W361)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 09–10 Dec 1907, Lot 128
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'
Last modified: 30 Sep 2022

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