Fragment of Temple Relief with Ducks
Originally this relief fragment belonged to a depiction of an offering bearer carrying three pintail ducks to the king. Amunemhat I used many Old Kingdom royal reliefs in the construction of his pyramid complex at Lisht, so it is sometimes difficult to distinguish reliefs made during his reign from original Old Kingdom works. Certain details of this exquisite fragment—particularly the elegant sweep of the duck's wing and the unnatural bend of the servant's fingers—suggest a Middle Kingdom date.
- Medium: Limestone, traces of paint
- Place Excavated: Lisht, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1909 B.C.E. or earlier
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty or earlier
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 18 1/16 x 9 3/16 in. (45.8 x 23.3 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: 52.130.2
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragment of Temple Relief with Ducks, ca. 1938-1909 B.C.E. or earlier. Limestone, traces of paint, 18 1/16 x 9 3/16 in. (45.8 x 23.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.130.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragment of limestone tomb relief. At left, portion of standing male servant holding in extended hands three pintail ducks. Below, cage or container with four geese. Fine workmanship. Condition: Broken into two pieces. Upper right surface gouged. Slight remains of brown and yellow paint on bodies of birds; fragments of red paint on man’s body.
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)