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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -129
Creation End Date: -127
Creation Date: ca. 1295-?1069 B.C.E.
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawings
Materials and Techniques: Painted limestone
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (14 x 12.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 26.7.1453
Credit Line: Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
In this lively hunting scene, an unidentified Ramesside pharaoh is represented symbolically slaying the enemies of Egypt in the form of a lion. The hieratic text reads: 'The slaughter of every foreign land, the Pharaoh-may he live, prosper, and be healthy.'
This ostracon, a limestone chip used for sketching, was found in the Valley of the Kings during excavations conducted by Howard Carter on behalf of the earl of Carnarvon, who received the piece in the division of finds. Although many of the figured ostraca discovered in this royal cemetery were clearly trial sketches made to facilitate an artist's work, this scene is not found in royal tombs, nor do the figures conform to the strict proportions of a formal rendering.
The scene was drawn with great economy of line by the confident hand of a skilled artist who required no grid lines as a guide. It may have been done for the amusement of the maker, or it may graphically represent the artist's hope that the ruler should be a strong protector of Egypt.
AMICA ID: MMA_.26.7.1453
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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