The ancient Egyptians believed that the gods travelled through the
starry sky by boat. This chest ornament, or pectoral, discovered in the grave
of the pharaoh Shoshenq II (reigned c. 890 BC) shows a barque (a type of
ancient Egyptian boat carrying the sun god,
Amun-Ra), sailing under a star-filled sky on the primeval waters. This divine
journey was evoked during festivals by the procession of boats carrying divine
statues. A ritual boat and models of sacred barques are among the most
important finds discovered in the ancient Egyptian city of Thonis-Heracleion.
See this incredible object in the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds (19 May – 27 November 2016).