The journey to Abydos

The voyage to and from Abydos, Osiris’ holy city, is depicted in this scenario. Despite the fact that the four craft appear to be on the same stretch of water, the ones on the right head straight for the city, while the ones on the left head back. At water level, all of these vessels’ rudders are adorned with falcon heads.
Two white rectangles on the far right were possibly intended to receive words or photos, but no detail was begun. The journey to Abydos is made in the same direction as the river current, thus no sails are required, just a technique of manoeuvring around obstructions and shallow water regions. The second craft is built of papyrus and features a canopy with floral garlands and a red roof on the deck. Menna and his wife are seated in this, his face has not been erased, and he is represented in a mummiform aspect. A small table of offerings sits in front of them. Menna is wielding a flail, as his wife inhales the scent of a lotus flower. A guy stands in front of the craft, clutching a long white rod, while the helmsman controls the rudder.
The enlarged sail (required to travel against the river current) of the leading boat on the left indicates the return from Abydos. Menna and his wife have paid tribute to Osiris, the god of the dead, and are now returning to Thebes on the west bank.
A sailor stands on one of the yard-arms of the leading boat, which is also made of wood. The entire boat (is this the same boat?) is more ornately decorated than the one heading to Abydos. The rowers are sitting but not moving, and there are currently eight of them. A man leans over the edge of the boat, a container in his hand, towards the water, perhaps in search of water to drink. A guy stands in an open cabin in the front with his depth probe, like he did when the boat travelled to Abydos; he confronts the helmsman, who is holding the enormous rudder with his arm.
Menna’s face has not been obliterated in the papyrus vessel being pulled by the one just described, and he and his wife are once again reclining under a canopy. The manoeuvres are handled by two sailors. Although the top of the canopy has shifted and the man at the front of the craft no longer wields his long white staff, the scene is very identical to the one where they travelled in the opposite direction.
Arriving on the west bank would be a joyous occasion. Two superimposed kiosks depict the quayside, shielding their contents from the sun’s heat. These are made up of three papyrus columns that support a brightly coloured roof. Drinks and food are available inside each one. The interior roof is hung with foliage branches that hang between enormous amphoras on pink stands. A crimson plate with a pointed loaf is placed between the stands. A lower level of four fig and grape plates is located beneath the shelf on which the other things are displayed in the bottom kiosk.

Object Details

The journey to Abydos

New Kingdom

Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III

1386 to 1349 B.C.

Egypt, Luxor, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, part of the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile