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Griffith Institute w&d 156 [lower] | Captured group of wild fowl including shelduck

Griffith Institute Watercolour 156 [lower]
Griffith Institute w&d 156 [lower]
© 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). North wall, upper part.

A group of netted birds from centre of scene.
From scene: Top register, Djehutihotep and son (above doorway) netting wild fowl, with wife standing by net.

Technical data
137 mm x 159 mm.
Mounted with GI w&d 156 [upper]
Mount, recto,
'Howard Carter 1893.' [signature and date];
'El Bersheh I. Pl. XXI middle. ✓'.

Griffith Institute w&d
156 [lower]

See PM iv.180(17)-(18) | TopBib 409-060-010-020; GI w&d Deir el-Bersha Project; Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh i [1894], 30-1 pls. xx, xxi; De Meyer, M. & Cortebeeck, K. Djehoetihotep. 100 jaar opgravingen in Egypte / Djehoutihotep. 100 ans de fouilles en Égypte (2015), 32 fig. 16b (Griffith Institute w&d 156 [lower]).

The central eleven birds from the lower left to the upper right are Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), and the two at bottom right Northern Pintail (Anas acuta). The five heads at the top left are very indistinct and apparently without bills, but the eyes do appear to be red so Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) becomes possible. However, there also appear to be shaggy crests which makes Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator, even more likely subject to further investigation.

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