Product images of Royal/ceremonial vessel; Funerary boat; Sacred Boat of Osiris
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Royal/ceremonial vessel; Funerary boat; Sacred Boat of Osiris
Scale: Not to scale. A model of a papyriform (plank-built boat of papyrus-raft appearance) funerary model boat known as the Sacred Boat of Osiris. The hull is carved from a single piece of timber, painted yellow ochre, and has prominent bow and stern decoration in the form of vertical cylindrical staffs with mushroom-shaped tops, both painted white. In the middle of the deck, positioned towards the bow, is a rectangular sarcophagus, made from a simply cut rectangular piece of wood, painted white. Seated in crouching positions behind the sarcophagus are eight figures, arranged in four rows of two. All the figures are bare from the waist up. Four of the figures are dark-skinned, the other four are red-skinned and smaller; all the figures have white robes around their waists. The first and third rows comprise the larger figures, the second and fourth rows comprise the smaller ones. All have black hair and some have facial features depicted. The model is displayed in a glazed display case with a polished wooden, round-edged frame. The case cover lifts off.
Object number: AAE0030
Date: circa 1850 BC
- Image reference: L2987-001
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London