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Fragment of Relief

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Egyptian artists used scenes of everyday life to convey important religious messages. This detail from a tomb relief depicts a man gathering a lotus flower and three lotus buds. The Egyptians believed that the lotus was the first living thing to emerge from the waters of chaos at the moment of creation. The flower thus became a potent symbol of creation and rebirth, and its presence in a tomb was believed to assist in the spiritual resurrection of the deceased.

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Limestone, painted
  • Place Found: Thebes, Asasif, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 670-650 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XXV Dynasty
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 5/16 x 5 7/8 in. (13.5 x 15 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Egyptian. Fragment of Relief, ca. 670-650 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 5 5/16 x 5 7/8 in. (13.5 x 15 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 55.3.3. Creative Commons-BY
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