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
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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.
Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 176, fig. 97.
Muller, Béatrice 2016. Maquettes antiques d'Orient : de l'image d'architecture au symbole. Paris: Picard, p. 46, fig. 7.