Goats and Herdsman
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This fragment of a scene depicting a herdsman leading goats is based on tomb scenes carved nearly two thousand years earlier in the Old Kingdom. Two similar reliefs of a herdsman with a calf, carved in Dynasty 30, about three hundred years later, can be seen on the other side of this case. The revival of such motifs from Egyptian history suggests a keen appreciation of the past.
ca. 670-650 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 25 to early Dynasty 26
Late Third Intermediate Period to early Late Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Fragment of limestone relief. At right, in raised relief, standing man walking to right and carrying on his shoulders a kid (?). Following behind man is a flock of goats (?), the leader of flock with head lowered to ground.
Condition: Poor. Relief assembled from several fragments and cracked. Edges chipped and surface scratched.
This item is not on view
Goats and Herdsman, ca. 670-650 B.C.E. Limestone, 5 x 13 in. (12.7 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.31. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.58.31_wwg8_2015.jpg)
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