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Architectural Drawing of a Garden

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Plastered and painted wood
H. 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in); w. 35.2 cm (13 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norman de Garis Davies, 1914
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This fragmentary architectural drawing shows part of a small shrine (at upper right, in red) facing a body of water (at far left) and surrounded by trees within an enclosure wall of mud brick (in back). An orchard, also enclosed, runs parallel to the water. The measurements of the walls are written from right to left, and each begins with a hieroglyph in the shape of a forearm, which means "cubit," the Egyptian unit of length. This symbol is followed, in each case, by a number: an elongated semicircle stands for ten, and a stroke stands for one. Thus, the width of the orchard is thirty-two cubits.
Given to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Norman de Garis Davies, 1914.

Muller, Béatrice 2016. Maquettes antiques d'Orient : de l'image d'architecture au symbole. Paris: Picard, p. 46, fig. 7.

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