Fragmentary Slab, "Riverside Scene"
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Part of this boat moored along the Nile appears in the lower left corner of this relief. Next to the boat a farmer, carrying two large water jars suspended from a pole, climbs the steep riverbank. His goal is the irrigated field, arranged in square plots, at the far right. In the scene at the very top, a shipbuilder smoothes a wooden plank.
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
9 1/4 x 15 x 1 11/16 in. (23.5 x 38.1 x 4.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Fragmentary Slab, "Riverside Scene," ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 9 1/4 x 15 x 1 11/16 in. (23.5 x 38.1 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.16. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.16_SL1.jpg)
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Fragmentary limestone relief with traces of red color and part of two representations in sunk relief. Above: a man facing left, his head missing is seated on a three-legged stool in an enclosure working with an adze on a long pole; on his right a storage jar on a stand, other objects nearby. In the scene below a boat is moored at left whereas in the center some plants indicate the river back here a man, moving up an undulating hill line to the right, carries two water jars on a pole over his shoulders. One of his legs - like part of the boat - is cut off. To the right a grid indicates a field or the layout of a garden.
Condition: Good. Lower right corner and upper center of edge are badly chipped. Left side is broken off diagonally, from the bottom up inward. Entire surface uneven and somewhat pitted in places; some spotty dark brown discoloration.
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