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Large Tag for Mummy

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Among the most common so-called daily-life scenes found in Old Kingdom tombs are ones in which servants parade livestock or food as their master sits watching. Where this was meant to take place is a matter of debate. Did these scenes occur in the hereafter, did they depict actual events in the lifetime of the tomb owner, or were they symbolic in nature? This block shows a number of motifs drawn from such scenes. Their asymmetrical arrangement and the size of the object itself raise questions about the original purpose of the block. It may be an artist's model or a fragment of a stela.

MEDIUM Wood, ink
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 9/16 in. (14 x 9.5 x 1.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1394E
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Large Tag for Mummy. Wood, ink, 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 9/16 in. (14 x 9.5 x 1.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1394E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1394E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
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