Relief with a billy goat

Old Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103

This section from a procession of goats resembles other goats from Khufu's pyramid complex and is close in style to the cattle of Khufu in 22.1.3a,b. The slightly higher relief of the preserved head allowed the artist to render the animal's knobby facial bones, give added depth to the eye, and emphasize the twisted horns.

Possibly the goats on one wall and the cattle on another were being led inward toward the king's offering chapel and represented the offering of meat in perpetuity.

Relief with a billy goat, Limestone

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.