Relief of Men Presenting Oxen
In this relief, three men bring cattle to the tomb owner, "from the towns of the estate," as the inscription says. Two of these balding, rustic laborers wear kilts of coarse material and the other wears nothing at all. A fragmentary scene below shows men bringing cranes, which Egyptians penned and raised for food. Artisans carved images of live food animals in tombs to supply the deceased with a eternal source of provisions.
- Medium: Limestone
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: V Dynasty
- Period: Old Kingdom
- Dimensions: 20 1/16 x 29 15/16 in. (51 x 76 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 49.62
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief of Men Presenting Oxen, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, 20 1/16 x 29 15/16 in. (51 x 76 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.62. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Limestone tomb relief, two registers of attendants leading bulls. At bottom, portion of another register of man leading cranes. At right, single column (incomplete) with funerary estate name. Over bulls an inscription, repeated three times. Good work but conventional subject. Condition: Some remains of color. Lower edge undermined in places and must be filled in. A few minor chips.
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)