Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 18
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Feeding Calves, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 1/16 x 21 1/4 in. (23 x 54 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.197.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.60.197.4_wwg7.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.60.197.4_wwg7.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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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.
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