martes, 3 de mayo de 2016

Boat Model

Boat Model

Egypt. Eleventh Dynasty, ca. 2134-1991 B.C. Painted wood. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.2
In the First Intermediate Period, tombs decorated with wall reliefs depicting the activities of daily life, needed to sustain the deceased, were no longer being built. Instead, wooden models, representing the same activities shown on Old Kingdom tomb walls, were placed in the burial chamber with the coffin.

This model is of a boat, possibly either a hunting boat, or a warship, judging from the shields that are shown placed along the cabin roof. As boats were the main form of transportation up and down the Nile Valley, they were an important part of the equipment needed to continue one's daily existence in the next world.

The exhibition of this object is made possible by the Museum Loan Network - a national collection-sharing program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by MIT's Office of the Arts.

Model of a funerary boat

Model of a funerary boat
Funerary boat, of low keel and not too high ends. Six persons are standing in line on its deck, holding a lamb to be sacrificed. On one end of the boat there is a squatting man, who would be in charge of the rudder, and next to him another man standing up, completing the crew. This piece is not of high artistic merit; it is the product of a workshop for middle class customers who were improving their lifestyle in this period. It is not a boat for on pilgrimage to Abydos, but a model of offering bearers that were placed inside the tombs.
Inventory number 16029
Archaeological Site EL-GABALIN/GEBELEIN
Category BOAT (MODEL)
Material WOOD
Height 13.5 cm
Width 8.5 cm
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lunes, 2 de mayo de 2016


Period:Middle KingdomDynasty:Dynasty 12Reign:reign of Amenemhat I, earlyDate:ca. 1981–1975 B.C.Geography:From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Meketre (TT 280, MMA 1101), MMA excavations, 1920Medium:Wood, paint, plaster, linen twine and clothDimensions:L. 145 cm (57 1/16 in.), with rudder 158 cm (62 3/16 in.); W. 28 cm (11 in.), with mast 81 cm (31 7/8 in.); H. 53.4 cm (21 in.), with mast 112 cm (44 1/8 in.)
The green color of the hull of this boat, its ve...rtical prow, backward-curving stern and double steering oars imitate elements of vessels made from papyrus stalks. Even the lashings of the leather sheaths that covered prow and stern of such boats are rendered. Boats of this particular type appear in representations of the "pilgrimage to Abydos" that was part of the Egyptian funerary ritual from the Middle Kingdom onwards. The ritual character of this boat trip is clearly demonstrated by the fact that not the living Meketre but a statue sits under the baldaquin accompanied by a companion (possibly his son), while priests perform offering rituals in front of it. The basic idea of a trip to the major cult center of the god Osiris at Abydos, where the god's death and resurrection were celebrated, is however maintained by the presence of two boats: one that is rowed northward from Thebes to Abydos (20.3.5), and another (the present boat) that is just setting out on the back trip its (missing) sail being hoisted by the men in the center, while a single sailor pushes it off the embankment with a forked pole.
Met Museum


Lantern Slide Collection: Views, Objects: Egypt. Deir-El-Bahari [selected images]. View 02:
Hathor Cow in Shrine. XVIIIth Dyn. Temple of Deir-el-Bahari., n.d. Brooklyn Museum Archives (S10|08 Deir-El-Bahari, image 9932).

domingo, 1 de mayo de 2016

Winged Isis pectoral

Winged Isis pectoral, Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Amaninatakelebte, 538–519 BC
Gold. Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition


Fragment of stela. Top right-hand corner: raised border. Joins UC 410. Papyrus design on right-hand border, with remains of red paint decoration. See UC 410
Place: Amarna (Egypt A - C / Egypt)
Period: Dynasty 18
Petrie Museum

viernes, 29 de abril de 2016

Relief du mur de Trajan et Domitien

Relief du mur de Trajan et Domitien représentant une procession de chanteurs et musiciens en l'honneur du dieu Montou de Medamoud.