Amarna Period State Ship
The state ship of an Egyptian magnate of the time of Tutankhamun. Essentially a large and gaily decorated version of the standard Nile passenger vessel, the state ship of Huy, Viceroy of Nubia in 1360 B.C., is provided with quarters (forward of the deckhouse) for his chariot horses. Traditional scenes of the god Montu smiting the king's foreign enemies decorate the overhanging stern and the fore and after "castles", partly to frighten away evil influences. A falcon standard serves the function of identifying the ship as the viceroy's.