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Relief, Feeding Calves

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 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.

MEDIUM Limestone, painted
DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 9 1/16 x 21 1/4 in. (23 x 54 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Relief, Feeding Calves, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 9 1/16 x 21 1/4 in. (23 x 54 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.197.4. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.60.197.4_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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