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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.
MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 670–650 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 25 to early Dynasty 26
PERIOD Late Third Intermediate Period to early Late Period
DIMENSIONS 5 × 13 × 7/8 in. (12.7 × 33 × 2.2 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Goats and Herdsman, ca. 670–650 B.C.E. Limestone, 5 × 13 × 7/8 in. (12.7 × 33 × 2.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.31. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.58.31_wwg8_2015.jpg)
IMAGE installation, CUR.58.31_wwg8_2015.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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