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Riverside Scene

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Part of this boat moored along the Nile appears in the lower left corner of this relief. Next to the boat a farmer, carrying two large water jars suspended from a pole, climbs the steep riverbank. His goal is the irrigated field, arranged in square plots, at the far right. In the scene at the very top, a shipbuilder smoothes a wooden plank.

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 x 15 x 1 11/16 in. (23.5 x 38.1 x 4.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, probably from Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; probably reused inside the pylon of Ramesses II at Hermopolis Magna, Egypt; by February 18, 1965, acquired by Mathias Komor, New York, NY; 1965, purchased from Mathias Komor by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragmentary limestone relief with traces of red color and part of two representations in sunk relief. Above: a man facing left, his head missing is seated on a three-legged stool in an enclosure working with an adze on a long pole; on his right a storage jar on a stand, other objects nearby. In the scene below a boat is moored at left whereas in the center some plants indicate the river back here a man, moving up an undulating hill line to the right, carries two water jars on a pole over his shoulders. One of his legs - like part of the boat - is cut off. To the right a grid indicates a field or the layout of a garden. Condition: Good. Lower right corner and upper center of edge are badly chipped. Left side is broken off diagonally, from the bottom up inward. Entire surface uneven and somewhat pitted in places; some spotty dark brown discoloration.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Riverside Scene, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 1/4 x 15 x 1 11/16 in. (23.5 x 38.1 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 65.16. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.16_PS22.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 65.16_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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