Model of a sailing boat, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, Ancient Egypt, c1991-1786 BC
Model of a sailing boat, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, Ancient Egypt, c1991-1786 BC. A model boat with the pilot in the bow and the owner resting under a canopy. Boats were the commonest type of funerary models placed in tombs during the Middle Kingdom. They provided the dead person with the magical means of travelling along the waterways of the Underworld. From the British Museum, London.
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Ancient Egyptian tomb model, 22nd-19th century BC. Artist: Unknown
Ancient Egyptian tomb model, 22nd-19th century BC. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the deceased would have the same need for food and the other requirements of daily life in the afterlife as when they were alive. To ensure these needs would be met they placed detailed models of people performing the necessary tasks in tombs. They believed that the model people possessed spirits that would pass over into the afterlife and provide for the deceased. This example dates from the 11th or 12th Dynasty. Located in the Louvre, Paris.
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