Egyptian tomb boat, c 2000 BC.
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Model. In Ancient Egypt, it was a common custom to place models of boats in the tombs of kings and nobles, particularly during the XI, XII and XIII Dynasties. This model was found in Tomb 868 of the XII Dynasty necropolis at Beni-Hasan and is nearly 4000 years old. The mast and sail were mising upon discovery, but have been replaced by replicas based on those belonging to other models of boats of the same date, which have since been found at Thebes.