Collection Online
Model of a boat with crew

Model of a boat with crew
Middle Kingdom, Dynasties mid XI–XII 2020 BCE-1773 BCE

wood, gesso, pigment
80.3 × 31.8 × 14.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Model of a wooden boat with 13 figures on top. The boat is painted green on the sides and has a design of brown and cream on the deck; at each end of the deck are some details in black, probably indicating elements of the boat's structure. At one end of the boat are three falcon-headed standards, one of them painted green (the paint has worn off the other two). The figures are painted brown with white loin cloths, black hair/wigs and white faces with black details. Seven of the figures have white head bands/fillets and two figures have pieces of linen tied around their waists. The figures are not in their original positions. The figures and boat were covered in a thin layer of gesso before being painted.