Fragment of a Relief Showing the Birth of a Calf
The motifs of a herdsman leading a bull through a thicket and a man assisting at the birth of a calf were most common in Egyptian art during the Old and Middle Kingdoms (before 1800 B.C.). It is likely that they were known to the carvers of these two reliefs indirectly through sources such as master pattern books.
This text refers to these objects: ' 55.3.2; 55.3.1a-b
- Medium: Limestone, paint
- Possible Place Collected: Thebes, Asasif, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 670-650 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XXV Dynasty
- Period: Third Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 5 9/16 x 7 in. (14.2 x 17.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 55.3.2
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragment of a Relief Showing the Birth of a Calf, ca. 670-650 B.C.E. Limestone, paint, 5 9/16 x 7 in. (14.2 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 55.3.2. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragment of limestone relief. At left, portion of standing cow giving birth to calf. Male attendant kneels at right drawing forth the calf with rope attached to legs. Plain background. Condition: Poor. Very incomplete. Stone very salty with fragile surface. Several cracks. Scattered remains of red paint on cow and on man's body.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)