Model of a Boat with Crew
Model of a sailing boat with a crew of five men. Three men work the rigging, to raise the sail to catch the wind. The steersman sits in the stern manoeuvring the large steering oar. The pilot stands in the bows, his left arm outstretched. At the rear end of the boat is an open-sided deck cabin. The figures and the boat itself were originally covered with a thin layer of fine plaster and painted. Much of this decoration is now missing from the figures and the cabin canopy. The posts that support the canopy of the cabin are all modern reconstruction as is the mast, rigging and sail (probably carried out about 1960). There are potentially a number of errors with the reconstruction of the object as no archive images of its original appearance have been traced in John Garstang’s photographic archive. It had previously been thought this boat matched with one from tomb 585 illustrated in Garstang (1907) fig. 80. However, this is most probably the sailing boat illustrated in fig. 88.