Model of the royal ship of Cheops of 2500 B.C., Khufu ship, solar barge


Royal ship of Cheops of 2500 B.C.



Scale 1 : 50, length 81 cm, width 18 cm, height 21 cm,
More photos: of entire ship, of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!



The royal ship of Cheops, Khufu ship

The oldest, largest, and best-preserved vessel from antiquity, the Cheops ship was found accidentally during the course of a clearance excavation at the Great Pyramid at Giza in 1954. It is a 43 m barge that was reassembled and today is on display in a dedicated museum above the place where it was found.


The ship was almost certainly built for Khufu (King Cheops) and was meant to carry the dead pharaoh with the sun god Ra across the sky. Hence it is sometimes called Cheops "solar barge" or "Khufu ship".


There are several sources about the excavation and the reassembled ship, by Wikipedia on the Khufu ship in general, the excavation, the museum, and some photos of it.

Since 2009 the excavation of a second solar barge at Giza has begun.



The Khufu ship model, photos, description and dimensions

The finely worked, detailed ship model was built to plans by Paul Lipke, "The royal ship of Cheops : a retrospective account of the discovery, restoration and reconstruction /‚Äč Based on interviews with Hag Ahmed Youssef Moustafa", National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Archaeological Series No. 9, 1984,  ISBN 0860542939.


The ship model can be lifted from the stand, e.g. for transport. It is 1 : 50 scale. Length is 81 cm, width 18 cm, height 21 cm.

There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull and deck.