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Griffith Institute w&d 160 | Golden Carp caught in a fishing net

Griffith Institute Watercolour 160
Griffith Institute w&d 160
© 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, lower part of wall with two registers.

Carp inside a golden fishing net.
From scene: Second register, netting fish, third register, three rows feeding, cooking and bringing cranes, geese and other birds and fish.

Technical data
340 mm x 152 mm.
Mount, recto,
'Howard Carter 1893.' [signature and date];
'El Bersheh I. Pl: XXII.'; 'Fish caught in a golden net'.
Mount, verso,
'El Bersheh'; 'Tehutihotep'; 'No. 59'; 'by Howard Carter'; 'IV. 180 (17)'; 'detail on El-Bersheh I, pl.XXII.'; '19 x 12¾'.

Griffith Institute w&d

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], 31 pls. xx, xxii; De Meyer, M. & Cortebeeck, K. Djehoetihotep. 100 jaar opgravingen in Egypte | Djehoutihotep. 100 ans de fouilles en Égypte (2015), 150, 152-3 fig. 85b (Griffith Institute w&d 160).

One of Howard Carter's most memorable copies is of a single Golden Carp in a fishing net which ten men are pulling into towards a bank. It comes from the second scene down on the top left-hand side of the North Wall of the Hall (Newberry's plates xx and xxii). The species is probably Barbus bynni, which still occurs in the Nile.

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.