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Relief fragment from the tomb of Qar

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This fragment executed in fine low raised relief, depicts an ichneumon or Genet cat (?) facing right and climbing a diagonal stem of papyrus in the marshes. Presumably part of a scene of hunting birds and fish-spearing. There are traces of red pigment on the papyrus and blue pigment on the animal.

Provenance

From Giza, G7101, tomb of Qar, chapel. 1925: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Pepi I or later, 2338–2170 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 22.5 x 19.5 x 10.7 cm (8 7/8 x 7 11/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

25-5-8

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief