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Relief of Oarsmen and Dancers

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This relief was once part of a large-scale depiction of a major religious festival in which boats carrying divine images were towed across the Nile by other boats. It is displayed here as an example of one of the earlier styles of relief reflected in some of the tomb reliefs of Dynasties XXV and XXVI in this vitrine.

MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
DATES ca. 1479-1457 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 18
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 3 15/16 x 13 1/8 in. (10 x 33.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Fragment of limestone relief from a boat scene. Heads and torsos of three men rowing. Below them, incompletely preserved heads of men (probably soldiers) seated in boat. Bodies and oars painted red. Very incomplete. Edges fragile. Numerous chips. Cracked through center.
CAPTION Relief of Oarsmen and Dancers, ca. 1479-1457 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 3 15/16 x 13 1/8 in. (10 x 33.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.86.226.7_wwg8.jpg)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.86.226.7_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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