Funerary Boat

About This Item

Ancient Egyptians viewed death as a journey. Funerary boats were common tomb offerings that carried the deceased along the Nile River to Dwat, the world of the dead.

Date
unknown
Geography
Egypt
Medium
pigment
wood
Context
In ancient Egypt, many aspects of daily life centered on preparing for death. Elaborate tombs and mummification rituals were a key aspect of one’s journey to the afterlife. The Global Museum’s collection contains many significant funerary objects, dating back 3,000 to 4,000 years. In life, however, cultural traditions were surprisingly similar to ones we still practice today. Ancient Egyptians adapted their lives to survive along the fertile Nile River in an otherwise arid desert. In today’s geopolitical boundaries, the country of Egypt is in northeastern Africa. Historically and culturally, however, Egypt is considered Middle Eastern.
Height
23 in
Width
5.5 in
Depth
55 in
Copyright
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