Relief, Feeding Calves
One of the most unusual scenes of daily life from el Amarna, this block depicts a herdsman thrusting his hand down the throat of a tethered cow. He may be force-feeding the animal or helping it digest its food. Above the cow we can see traces of three more animals and, at the far left, part of a much larger bovine, perhaps the mother cow.
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dimensions: 9 1/16 x 21 1/4 in. (23 x 54 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 60.197.4
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief, Feeding Calves, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 9 1/16 x 21 1/4 in. (23 x 54 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.197.4. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Limestone relief. In sunk relief to the right, four oxen behind support (?) of a shelter. Seated male attendant feeding (? forcibly) the front ox and holding the lead ropes. At extreme left, hind quarters and tail of standing ox. Wig of man black, his body and oxen a brown-red. Condition: Edges chipped. Paint worn.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)