Relief of Men Presenting Cattle
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
In this sculpture in relief, three men bring cattle to the tomb owner, “from the towns of the estate,” as the inscription says. Two of these balding, rustic laborers wear kilts of coarse material, and the other wears nothing at all. A fragmentary scene below shows men bringing cranes, which were penned and raised for food. Artisans carved images of live food animals in tombs to supply the deceased with an eternal source of provisions.
ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Limestone tomb relief, two registers of attendants leading bulls. At bottom, portion of another register of man leading cranes. At right, single column (incomplete) with funerary estate name. Over bulls an inscription, repeated three times.
Condition: Some remains of color. Lower edge undermined in places and must be filled in. A few minor chips.
Relief of Men Presenting Cattle, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, 20 1/16 x 29 15/16 in. (51 x 76 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.62. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 49.62_SL3.jpg)
overall, 49.62_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2/27/2015
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