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Tomb Wall Fragment Depicting Offering Bearers and Butchers

A work made of limestone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone.


Old Kingdom, mid–Dynasty 5–early Dynasty 6 (about 2445–2287 BCE)


Egyptian; Saqqara

About this artwork

In the upper register, priests and servants prepare food offerings, including birds and ribs of beef. The lower register portrays butchers at work. Their kilts are tucked into their waistbands to keep them clean. To the left, butchers carry away a cow’s heart and a jar of blood.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Tomb Wall Fragment Depicting Offering Bearers and Butchers


Egypt (Object made in)

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Made 2445 BCE–2287 BCE




45 × 94.3 × 13.7 cm (17 3/4 × 37 1/8 × 5 3/8 in.)

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W. Moses Willner Fund

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