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


Royal ship of Cheops of 2500 B.C.


Ship name Royal ship of Cheops
Scale 1 : 50
Length 81 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 21 cm
Material hull Wood
Photos 1 Total views
Photos 2 Views of details
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The royal ship of Cheops, Khufu ship

Being the oldest, best-preserved and largest ship 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 probably 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 /​ 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. Click images to enlarge!


This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data are shown in the gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.

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