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Tomb Wall Fragment Depicting Donkeys

A work made of limestone and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of limestone and pigment.


Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5 (about 2504–2347 BCE)



About this artwork

This fragment is part of a scene of donkeys being driven over grain to separate wheat from chaff- one that was used in many Egyptian tombs. The tomb’s owner selected the decoration for his or her tomb chamber from a selection of established themes, much as one might select wallpaper today.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Tomb Wall Fragment Depicting Donkeys


Egypt (Object made in)

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2504 BCE–2347 BCE


Limestone and pigment


28 × 21 × 9.5 cm (11 × 8 1/4 × 3 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

W. Moses Willner Fund

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