Relief Block, Plucking and Roasting Fowl, Herds Crossing Water
reign of Amenemhat I, late
ca. 1962–1952 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Tomb of Nakht (493) possibly, re-used as sill in a house, MMA excavations, 1913–14
h. 95.2 cm (37 1/2); w. 71.7 cm (28 1/4 in)
Rogers Fund, 1915
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 108
The upper register of the block depicts the plucking and cooking of geese, while the lower scene shows cattle being led through the marshes. The block was found reused as the threshold of a house at the site of Lisht North; the rectangular hole in the upper left corner was cut to receive one of the doorposts. Stylistic and iconographic features indicate that the relief comes from one of the Dynasty 12 mastabas at the site.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.
Phillips, Dorothy W. 1942. Ancient Egyptian Animals, Picture Books (Metropolitan Museum of Art), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pl. 4.