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    Wooden model of a sailing-boat: the hull is short, deep, and beamy, with considerable sheer; slightly raised deck forward; stern not raised from main deck but curves up and over into a curl notched to take steering-oar. Main deck hollowed out and slightly cambered, deep gunwales. Hull and deck painted white, gunwales and usual deck-plan in red. On each side of the main deck are seven white rectangles; there are two each side on the fore-deck, but one space each side in the stern. Mast-space long and divided into two compartments; mast stepped in the forward compartment. At the junctions of centre-line and thwarts there are rectangles outlined in black. Gunwales marked in black for oar-loops (?). On the fore-deck is the usual raised centre strip, painted red and crossed with black bars. Mast unusually tall for size of boat, tapering to tip, where it is pierced fore-and-aft; the upper six inches of the mast are painted green with alternate black and white rings. The rest of it may have been painted with broad red and white bands. No rigging has survived, though the attitudes of the seated sailors and the positions of their hands suggest that in its original state the model had a sail bent on two yards with the necessary halyards and stays. The steering-oar is missing. The steering-post, square at the base and octagonal above, is painted red with black marks round the base, a double groove on top and a short peg projecting on the larboard side to take a lashing for a steering-oar. As this boat is designed for a single steering-oar, the double groove in the top of the post is an error. On deck are four pairs of un-painted wooden seats for crew. No oars for rowing. In the bows is a pilot, standing with feet together, right arm straight out in front (left missing); originally he probably held a sounding-pole. He wears a white fillet on his wig. On the main deck are four pairs of seated sailors, the posture of the hands suggesting that they are intended to be hauling on halyards and braces; this comment does not apply to the figure to larboard of the mast, whose hands are in the posture of rowing. The helmsman who should be in the stern is absent, and indeed there is very little room for him. The crew have red bodies, white skirts, and black wigs. All have short black wigs, but those of six are well-rounded while the other two are of the square type. The heads of the six are bigger. Their skirts stop just above the knee and their toes are shown by small grooves between them while the odd pair have no details of toes. Just forward of the mast squats the figure of the owner or master, looking aft, white fillet and white cap on the top of his wig, with white cloak falling from the left shoulder to the ground, leaving the right uncovered and the right arm stretched straight out in front, the left arm being hidden beneath the cloak. Just abaft the mast sits a second smaller figure, similarly cloaked, before whom stands a servant bowing in an attitude of respect to his master.


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  • Type series

    • Reisner Type II
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 68 centimetres
    • Width: 17.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 13.4 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Glanville 1972 23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G63/dc11

  • Condition

    Hull, mast, and steering-post in excellent order. Original steering-oar is lost and helmsman is missing, if indeed he ever existed. The pilot has lost his left arm, one sailor lacks his right hand, and another is without both arms. Some of the crew figures may not have originally belonged to this model. Slight damage to point of bow. Paint in good condition.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Painted wooden model river-boat; tall mast; steering-oar lost; no rigging nor oars; eleven figures.

Painted wooden model river-boat; tall mast; steering-oar lost; no rigging nor oars; eleven figures.

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