Relief with Desert Animals
This fragment—originally part of a large hunting scene—shows desert animals breeding in their wild habitat. To the right, a wild feline noses after his mate. At lower left, a male antelope, mounting his mate, rears his head into the row above. The four female legs and two male hind legs of two other antelopes are visible at the upper left. At the lower right, the hindquarters of an antelope giving birth and the emerging head of her calf are partly preserved. The bovine calf at center left completes this depiction of the cycle of life, which, by being represented in the tomb, achieved eternal significance for the Egyptians.
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Excavated: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2472-2455 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: middle V Dynasty
- Period: Old Kingdom
- Dimensions: 11 7/16 x 17 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. (29 x 43.3 x 3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 64.147
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief with Desert Animals, ca. 2472-2455 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 11 7/16 x 17 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. (29 x 43.3 x 3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 64.147. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)