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Boat-Building Scene

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

Some boat-building scenes are known from the New and Middle Kingdoms. Nevertheless, this relief finds its best parallels In Old Kingdom works, that is, in works done before circa 2200 B.C. Unlike those earlier compositions, however, this scene is strongly based on curving lines, such as the unusually exaggerated pose of the man swinging an adze. The workmen's faces are related both to Old Kingdom figures and to faces such as those on the Hatshepsut temple relief in this vitrine.

MEDIUM Limestone, painted
DATES ca. 664-634 B.C.E.
DYNASTY early XXVI Dynasty
PERIOD Late Period
DIMENSIONS 7 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (19.4 x 27 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Boat-Building Scene, ca. 664-634 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 7 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (19.4 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.14. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 51.14_negB_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Painted limestone tomb relief. Subject, in raised relief, men building a boat. Only left half of boat preserved. Kneeling man at left with adze seems to be cutting roped which had maintained curvature during construction; another at right, also kneeling works on hull with mallet and chisel. Four other incomplete figures of men. Colors; white, background and kilts, red, bodies and details of ropes; yellow, ropes, tools and edge of boat. Condition: Incomplete. Upper and lower right corners missing. Minute cracks throughout stone. Bulk of paint is preserved.
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