About this object

Model of a rowing boat crewed by eighteen men. The mast is stowed and sixteen men are rowing. Originally there would have been eighteen rowing but two men are missing from their positions. Only eleven oars remain. The steersman sits in the stern manoeuvring the large steering oar. The pilot stands in the bows, his left arm outstretched (he may originally have held a tender).The figures and the boat itself were originally covered with a thin layer of fine plaster and painted. Linen wrapping still remains around some of the figures.

It had previously been thought this boat matches with one from tomb 585 illustrated in Garstang (1907) fig. 86. However, the photograph includes extra objects such as animal skin shield and spears. 22.3.15.1 is the original number but the object is also known as 55.82.5. The object was a gift from John Rankin along with three models from tomb 412 (nos. ii and iii in Garstang 1907 p. 225). There is a possibility John Rankin was given the whole tomb group and this boat could also be from tomb 412 as Garstang records “i. Model of rowing boat” (1907, p. 225).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Model
  • Culture
    First Intermediate Period - Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan
  • Date made
    2055 BC - 1773 BC (Dynasty 11 - 12) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood; Gesso
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of John Rankin, 1915
  • Collector
    John Rankin
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan
  • Date collected
    1903
  • Measurements
    285 mm x 320 mm x 980 mm
  • Related people
    Beni Hasan Excavation Committee (Previous owner); John Burges Eustace Garstang (Previous owner); John Rankin (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • The Burial Customs of Ancient Egypt as Illustrated by Tombs of the Middle Kingdom being a Report of Excavations made in the Necropolis of Beni Hassan during 1902-3-4.

    Garstang, John

    Author: Garstang, John
    Publisher: Archibald Constable and Co Ltd
    Date: 1907
    Description: John Garstang's account of his excavations of the lower cemetery at Beni Hassan during two winter seasons 1902-03 and 1903-04 (250p, 231 b/w illus). A 34 page appendix gives an inventory of most objects found within the tombs and has reference to where some objects were located at the time of publication. Those marked as being at Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology are now either in 2 museums in Liverpool: World Museum or the Garstang Museum of Archaeology.

Events

  • Liverpool Excavations at Beni Hasan 1902-1904

    Start date: 1902
    End date: 1902
    Description: Excavations directed by John Garstang of the University of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology on behalf of the Beni Hasan Excavation Committee during two winter seasons 1902-03 and 1903-04. In the lower cemetery, below the large rock-cut tombs of the high-officials, 1000 undecorated shaft tombs dating to the early Middle Kingdom contained tomb equipment such as coffins, pottery and wooden funerary models. Garstang's report includes a discussion of the artefacts and detailed descriptions of 4 intact tombs. Also included is a description of some earlier Old Kingdom burials and some tombs of the Third Intermediate Period (and later) at the southern end of the site, near Speos Artemidos (Istabl Antar). The bulk of World Museum's Beni Hasan collection came direct from the university following the end of the excavations and after World War Two to replace those destroyed by enemy action in the war. Some other artefacts came from John Garstang's private collection, Norwich Castle Museum, Wellcome Historical Museum and Rossall School (Fleetwood, Lancashire). Bibliography John Garstang, 'Excavations at Beni Hasan 1902-3'. Man 3 (1903) pp. 97-98 & 129-130. John Garstang, 'Excavations at Beni Hasan in Upper Egypt (Second season)'. Man 4 (1904) pp. 97-99. John Garstang, 'Excavations at Beni Hasan (1902-1903-1904)'. Annales du Service des Antiquities de l’Egypte 5 (1904) pp.215-227;. John Garstang,'The Burial Customs of Ancient Egypt as illustrated by tombs of the Middle Kingdom; being a report on excavations made in the necropolis of Beni Hassan during 1902-3-4. (London, 1907).

Ownership

Previous owners

  • John Rankin

    Owned from: 1903
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1915-03-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Beni Hasan Excavation Committee

    Owned from: 1903
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1903
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Burges Eustace Garstang

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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