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Archeological Object

Wall relief

Wall relief

The illustrated scene, rendered in relief, is on two registers. The upper register showed a scene of a construction or a repair of a papyrus boat, as is clear from the part still preserved where the legs of three workers who are climbing into the boat are shown and two men on either side that are holding the ends. In the lower register a scene of milking is portrayed: a cow with its tied hind legs is being milked by a man in front of whom there is a large bowl to collect the milk, of which only the wavy rim remains. The scene is observed by an elderly man, leaning on a cane,  defined by the hieroglyphics above its figure as "The overseer of the channel." Close to the hieroglyphs two calves lying down are shown, one of which turns her head backwards.
The milking scene  is dominated by hieroglyphics, on which traces of colour remain; the hieroglyphics make up the description of the scene: "A cow to milk."
Some stylistic elements can be compared to other depictions dating from the time of the pharaoh of the V Dynasty, Niuserra, such as the representations of the tomb of Nefer and that of Kahay.
Part of a third relief, to be joined to this in the space below, has been recognised in the Dresden relief 751.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 2
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

Memphite necropolis

  Definizione: Relief
  Class and ware: relief
  Title or subject:

Wall relief

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: V Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Limestone
  Height: 36
  Length: 60
  Depth: 10,2
  Varie: Conservation status: fragmentary. There is chipping on the surface and the colour is partially rubbed off.

1974, Porter B.-Moss R.L.B., “Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings”, vol. III,  761,309
1987, Harpur Y., “Decoration in Egyptian Tombs of the Old Kingdom”, London, pp. 157, 234,238, fig.122
1996, Sist L.,  “Museo Barracco. Arte Egizia” Quaderno - 3, Roma, pp. 26-28