• Egypt, Late Period, 26th–30th Dynasties (c. 380–343 BC)
  • Bronze
  • Inv. 168

Solar barque of Djedhor

Called a ‘solar barque’ and similar to the primitive craft that sailed on the River Nile, this insignia was used in religious processions and ceremonies. The barque, resting on a crocodile representing the god Sobek, symbol of the Nile, is dedicated to Djedhor for whom the protection of the gods is being invoked according to the hieroglyphic inscription engraved on the hull of the boat and on the temple, in the centre. Other divinities are also represented: the sisters Isis and Nephthys, guardians of the temple and protectors of the dead; above is the falcon headed god Horus protector of royalty; inside Amun-Ra, god of the Sun at its zenith praying for the resurrection of Djedhor. There is a royal sphinx on the prow and a helmsman at the stern, also identified with the donor.

Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian through Howard Carter, Sotheby’s, London, 17 December 1924.

Assam 1991

Maria Helena Assam, Arte Egípcia. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 1991, pp. 90–1.

Lisbon 2001

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2001, p. 21, cat. 6.

Araújo, 2006

Luís Manuel de Araújo, Egyptian Art. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2006, pp. 132–5, cat. 33.

Updated on 22 april 2022

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