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Relief Fragment Depicting Fowling in the Marshes

A work made of limestone with traces of pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone with traces of pigment.


First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 10, about 2050 BCE


Egyptian; Saqqara, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, offering niche of Ipi

About this artwork

This lively scene depicts two men hiding behind a reed blind and pulling closed a clap net to snare birds. Four birds, which have escaped the net, fly from the pond in which lotus flowers and lotus pads float. Below, Ipi (the tomb’s owner) surveys other activities on his estate. His name and titles are written in hieroglyphs over his head.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Relief Fragment Depicting Fowling in the Marshes


Saqqara (Object made in)

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2186 BCE–2061 BCE


Limestone with traces of pigment


"The sealbearer of the King of Lower Egypt, Sole Companion, Overseer of Troops, the revered one Ipi."


20.3 × 35.5 × 7.5 cm (8 × 14 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

W. Moses Willner Fund

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