About this object

The people who decorated tombs in Western Thebes practiced their drawing skills on flakes of limestone, which we now call 'figured ostraca'. They sometimes drew funny images and scenes of daily life. This flake of limestone (ostracon) shows a man chasing a baboon away from some figs that have been left to dry. Baboons were greedy and often stole fruit but some were trained to help with harvesting figs, dates and dom-palm fruit. The excavation/find-spot of this ostracon remains unrecorded and it is dated to the New Kingdom by comparison with other examples from this time.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1069 BC about
  • Materials
    Limestone; Paint
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1917 before
  • Measurements
    60 mm x 70 mm x 15 mm
  • Related people
    Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

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