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Relief of a Fowler

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

When this relief was still complete it showed a nobleman holding a boomerang in his right hand and a bird decoy, whose one wing is still preserved in his left hand. The nobleman is hunting for waterfowl such as ducks in the marshes near the Nile. Tomb decoration like this often includes scenes of food production to ensure food for the deceased in the next world.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY first half of Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 20 1/2 x 16 9/16 x 1 in., 12.5 lb. (52 x 42 x 2.5 cm, 5.66kg)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Christos G. Bastis in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Roughly rectangular fragment of a limestone relief from a tomb with a male figure hunting water fowl. Condition: Numerous chips and scratches; encrusted with dirt.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Relief of a Fowler, ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. Limestone, 20 1/2 x 16 9/16 x 1 in., 12.5 lb. (52 x 42 x 2.5 cm, 5.66kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Christos G. Bastis in honor of Bernard V. Bothmer, 80.38. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 80.38_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 80.38_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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