From Egypt; Probably originally from Amarna (Akhetaten); Probably from Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu)
H. 22 cm (8 11/16); w. 53.3 cm (21 in)
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1985
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
At the right, the bud, flower and round leaf of lotus plants float on a background of zigzag lines representing water . A large bulti-fish swims in the water. A flat space alongside the pond ending with a double edge may indicate the rim of the pond. To the left of the scene, a large bolti fish and a pintail duck are carried on a spear that is probably held by the figure whose head emerges just above the lower left bottom edge.
This is certainly derived from a scene of the king hunting, like one on a ivory box from the tomb of Tutankhamun. There the king, seated on a stool with the queen crouching at his feet, hunts in a copse of woods and vegetation surrounding a small rectangular artificial pond. An attendant has fetched an arrow impaling a duck and one impaling a fish.
This scene must have been a very large one in a temple or palace.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.