Tomb relief with hunting scene - ROM2008_10402_17


Tomb relief with hunting scene

Geography: Thebes (modern Luxor), Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Object number: 957.218
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This fragment from the wall of a Theban tomb of the Eighteenth Dynasty shows a moment in a desert hunt.  A gazelle and hyena have been mortally wounded.  Two ibex move in from left, and an unidentified animal's back shows at lower right.  There are no base lines, so that the animals tumble and leap in their death throes. 

The scene was carved in elegant raised relief.  Such scenes may show a favourite pastime of the tomb-owner, but they are more important for showing that the forces of chaos, embodied here by wild desert animals, have been conquered by the deceased tomb owner.

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