Steersman from a model boat

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Steersman from model boat, Middle Kingdom
Geographical origin unknown
Wood coated with gesso and painted

Donated by Sir James Key Caird, 1913
Museum number 1914-204-16

Model boats, complete with crews, provided the spirit with the means of travelling the Nile in the afterlife. They were often found in pairs, one with the sail raised for travelling southward on the prevailing winds, and the other propelled by oars for travelling northward.

Steersman from a model boat
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