Boat of Khufu

In 1954, the Egyptian archaeologist Kamel el Mallakh discovered two complete, full-sized wooden boats dismantled and buried in pits near the Great Pyramid at Giza. One of these boats, measuring 43.3 m in length, was excavated and then reassembled by Egyptian restorer Ahmed Youssef. This boat is now on display in a special museum, which has been constructed over the pit where it was found. These boats may have been used for transporting the body of King Khufu for his burial, and for that reason considered sacred; alternatively, they may represent the solar barks in which Khufu would have accompanied the sun god in his journeys through the day and night skies.

 
   
 

Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty
Original: Wood
Khufu Boat Museum, Giza
Miniature model: 50 x 20 x 17 cm
Price: Wood¬ 500 LE