Figured Ostracon

Sketch of a common crane, a vulture, and a hound possibly basenji. This probably a series of trial sketches, not an integrated composition, and the subjects were sketched independently. Ostraca (limestone blocks) were often used by Egyptian artists for preliminary drawings, and no doubt by students of painting and sculpture.

Figured Ostracon
Figured Ostracon

New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, around 1200 BC. From vicinity of tomb (KV18), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 46732

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