The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context
An Archaeological Find and Its Mediterranean Context
Publication Year: 2013
When Shelley Wachsmann began his analysis of the small ship model excavated by assistants of famed Egyptologist W. M. F. Petrie in Gurob, Egypt, in 1920, he expected to produce a brief monograph that would shed light on the model and the ship type that it represented. Instead, Wachsmann discovered that the model held clues to the identities and cultures of the enigmatic Sea Peoples, to the religious practices of ancient Egypt and Greece, and to the oared ships used by the Bronze Age Mycenaean Greeks.
Although found in Egypt, the prototype of the Gurob model was clearly an Aegean-style galley of a type used by both the Mycenaeans and the Sea Peoples. The model is the most detailed representation presently known of this vessel type, which played a major role in changing the course of world history. Contemporaneous textual evidence for Sherden—one of the Sea Peoples—settled in the region suggests that the model may be patterned after a galley of that culture. Bearing a typical Helladic bird-head decoration topping the stempost, with holes along the sheer strakes confirming the use of stanchions, the model was found with four wheels and other evidence for a wagon-like support structure, connecting it with European cultic prototypes.
The online resources that accompany the book illustrate Wachsmann’s research and analysis. They include 3D interactive models that allow readers to examine the Gurob model on their computers as if held in the hand, both in its present state and in two hypothetical reconstructions. The online component also contains high-resolution color photos of the model, maps and satellite photos of the site, and other related materials. Offering a wide range of insights and evidence for linkages among ancient Mediterranean peoples and traditions, The Gurob Ship-Cart Model and Its Mediterranean Context presents an invaluable asset for anyone interested in the complexities of cultural change in the eastern Mediterranean at the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age.
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
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Gurob model, far from being a child’s toy, actually replicated Egyptian cultic features. My first reaction to this realization under which appears the phrase “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” in a series of paintings titled La trahison des images, Les deux mystères, L’air et le chanson, and so on (Fig. P.1).8 Of course, ...
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I have had much welcome assistance during the research and writing of this book. My study of the physical remains of the Gurob ship-cart model, which took place during the summer of 2005, would not have been possible without the gracious and the generous assistance of the staff of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, ...
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Fig. 1.1: Gurob is located at the entrance to the Fayum. This satellite image places it in its geographical context of the eastern Mediterranean. Courtesy Google....
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...decades earlier (Fig. 1.1).1 Petrie’s renewed interest in the Fig. 1.2: The bow and stern sections reconstructed in port (A) and starboard (B) views.Fig. 1.3: W. M. F. Petrie’s tomb registration card for Tomb 611 at Gurob. Courtesy Petrie Museum of Egyptian Fig. 1.4: Port (A) and plan (B) views of the model as originally reconstructed by Petrie. After Brunton and Fig. 1.5: Petrie’s second reconstruction of the model. After Petrie 1933B: 74 fig. 85 (NTS)....
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...type Sea Peoples’ ship in various degrees of detail. Second, a Fig. 2.4: Ship N.4 with extraneous bodies removed (NTS). After MH I: pl. 39.Fig. 2.3: Ship N.2 with extraneous bodies removed (NTS). After MH I: pl. 39.Fig. 2.6: Ship N.3 with extraneous bodies removed (NTS). After MH I: pl. 39.Fig. 2.5: Ship N.1 with extraneous bodies removed (NTS). After MH I: pl. 39....
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...nificant role in the Egyptians’ psyche and religious life.2 In Fig. 3.1: The gold ship model from the tomb of Queen Ahhotep, mother of Ahmose, as originally published by von Bissing. Fig. 3.2: The silver ship model found in the tomb of Queen Ahhotep as originally published by von Bissing. From von Bissing the other of silver (Figs. 3.1–3).6 The tomb also held a four-Fig. 3.4: The carriage from the tomb of Queen Ahhotep. From von Bissing 1900: Taf. X....
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...aspects of that person’s religious beliefs. Clearly, these be-give to this question can be little more than an educated guess. tiu” or the “Isles in the Midst of the Sea” represent Minoan and the “Isles in the Midst of the Sea” are used loosely to the appearance of “northerners” in Egyptian art is limited to ...
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...on galleys. While it is possible that the “red-cheeked” epi-land. The pavois is significant for two reasons. First, it indi-there as early as the Vth Dynasty, its first use in general, as ited solely to pottery, indicates that it is insufficient to im-all—of these northern invaders as “of the sea.” If the term ...
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Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 212 b&w photos. 65 Line drawings. 4 figs. 5 maps. 7 appendixes. Glossary. Bib. Index.
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series