Cattle cross a canal, fishermen haul in their nets, and, in other reliefs, geese and ducks are piled up in front of an image of the deceased. These depictions are typical of the magical representations placed in the tomb to insure the quality of the next life. These detailed depictions tell us much about the dally life of ancient Egypt and provide us with information that makes the ancient Egyptians come alive today.
Artist Egyptian
  • Relief of Peasants Driving Cattle and Fishing
Date between 2345 and 2181 BCE
Medium Carved and painted limestone
Dimensions Overall: 18 1/2 × 59 × 2 inches (47 × 149.9 × 5.1 cm)
Overall (left section): 18 1/2 × 27 × 2 inches (47 × 68.6 × 5.1 cm)
Overall (right section): 18 × 32 × 2 inches (45.7 × 81.3 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 30.371
Department Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas
On View Egyptian W160, Level 1 (see map)
(Khawan and Brothers);
1930-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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