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Griffith Institute w&d 151 | One of the finest bulls from the herd

Griffith Institute Watercolour 151
Griffith Institute w&d 151
© Griffith Institute Watercolours & Drawings Project

Artist Howard Carter.

Date 1893.

Deir el-Bersha.
Tomb of Djehutihotep. Temp. Sesostris II and Sesostris III.
Hall (Inner Room). West wall, lower part.

One of the finest bulls from the herd wearing a floral band around its neck, from the left end of the third register.
From scene: Four registers, Djehutihotep overseeing boats (including the towing of a dahabîya), and stocktake of cattle.

Technical data
390 mm x 279 mm.
Signature on watercolour, 'Howard. Carter.'.
Mount, recto,
'El Bersheh I Pls. XII & XVIII.'.
Mount, verso,
'El Bersheh'; 'Carter 1893 No 53'; 'Pl. XXIII.'; 'Pl. XVIII.'; 'Last in 3rd row. Plates XII & XVIII.'.

Griffith Institute w&d

See PM iv.180(14)-(16) | TopBib 409-060-010-020; GI w&d Deir el-Bersha Project; Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh i [1894], 28 pls. xii [lower], xix.

Djehutihotep seated in a covered kiosk overseeing four registers showing the annual stocktake of cattle. This robust bull with its brown dappled coat is one of the finest and fattest oxen from the whole herd and has been singled out and decorated for the herd inspection by Djehutihotep. The bull's neck has been adorned with a colourful broad banded collar, fastened at the front by a circular ornament with papyrus flowers below which hangs a fringed pendant. As a finishing touch, the front hooves of the bull have also been painted green to compliment the colours of the collar. The curved light-brown line with diagonal red lines emerging just below the bull's chin is the rope this very sedate bull is being led along by.

Cataloguing John Wyatt & Lee Young | Commentary Elizabeth Fleming
Photography Jenni Navratil, assisted by Hana Navratilova
Editing and web pages Elizabeth Fleming, assisted by Francisco Bosch-Puche & Cat Warsi.