Relief with Desert Animals
Painted limestone, 11 7/16 x 17 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. (29 x 43.3 x 3 cm)
Old Kingdom, middle V Dynasty, ca. 2472-2455 B.C.E.
Excavated from Saqqara, Egypt
Brooklyn #64.147 , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
From the info card (also museum website):|
"This fragment—originally part of a large hunting scene—shows desert animals breeding in their wild habitat. To the right, a wild feline noses after his mate. At lower left, a male antelope, mounting his mate, rears his head into the row above. The four female legs and two male hind legs of two other antelopes are visible at the upper left. At the lower right, the hindquarters of an antelope giving birth and the emerging head of her calf are partly preserved. The bovine calf at center left completes this depiction of the cycle of life, which, by being represented in the tomb, achieved eternal significance for the Egyptians."