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During the funeral, the deceased took a last earthly journey, traveling by boat to the cemetaries on the west bank of the Nile. The next voyage then began: a spiritual pilgrimmage to Abydos, the religious center and burial place of the god Osiris. For this reason, wooden model boats were often placed within tombs as substitutes for large-scale vessels in the afterlife. This model boat mimicked papyrus funerary barks. The wedjat-eyes painted on the hull were meant to guide the vessel safely through the perilous journey to the afterlife. 2100-1900 BCE

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RISD Museum


Providence, Rhode Island


Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Ancient Egyptian; funerary objects; boats; afterlife; cemeteries; Abydos; wood; linen; paint


Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Sculpture

Model of a Funerary Boat



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