May 22, 2007

Spearing Fish

Spearing Fish

c. 667–647 BC


Overall: 26.4 x 25.8 cm (10 3/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund 1949.499



The spearing of fish against a conventionalized background of water--a classic subject of the painted reliefs found in tombs of the Pyramid Age. The papyrus thicket shown in the background is represented growing in perfect symmetry quite unlike the tangled riot of vegetation typical of the growing plant. Probably an exact copy of a detail of Dynasty V at Saqqara. It is likely that this relief comes from the same composition as 1949.498.

See also
Egypt - Late Period
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