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Relief of Peasants Driving Cattle and Fishing
Relief of Peasants Driving Cattle and Fishing

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Relief of Peasants Driving Cattle and Fishing

Date
2345/2181 BC
Medium
Carved and painted limestone
Dimensions
Left section: 18 1/2 x 27 x 2 in. (47.0 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm) Right section: 18 x 32 x 2 in. (45.7 x 81.3 x 5.1 cm) Overall: 18 1/2 x 59 x 2 in. (47.0 x 149.9 x 5.1 cm)
Department
Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
Classification
Sculpture
Credit
City of Detroit Purchase
Accession No.
30.371
Provenance
Bernard Bothmer called attention to the fact that this relief may be a part of the mastaba decoration of Ny-ankh-nesut, as discussed by William Stevenson Smith. The tomb of Ny-ankh-nesut was found at Saqqara; reliefs from it were dispersed by the dealer Jacob Hirsch around 1930. As the Detroit piece 30.371 was purchased from Kawam Brothers, Cairo, and not Hirsch, and as there is no inscription, it is not certain that it is part of the decoration from the Ny-ankh-nesut tomb. However, there are two arguments in favor of this identification: stylistic resemblances between the Detroit piece and the group of reliefs from the tomb of Ny-ankh-nesut are striking; the Detroit piece came on the antiquities market at the same time as the Hirsch pieces. Scholars now generally agree that the Detroit piece is from the tomb of Ny-ankh-nesut. See the references for the location of the tomb.
Keywords
limestone, paint, stone, mural, funerary object, genre
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