Ti Watching a Hippopotamus Hunt

Ti Watching a Hippopotamus Hunt

Date ca. 2510-2460 BCE

Movement Egyptian | Old Kingdom | 5th Dynasty

Medium Painted limestone relief

Dimensions height approx. 45″

Provenance Tomb of Ti, Saqqara, Egypt


Rigid, composite poses and mass scale were reserved for the elite ruling class, while lower class individuals and animals were depicted as smaller in stature and in more naturalistic forms. This tomb work is evidence that, like statues, paintings and reliefs would have accompanied the ka in the afterlife, perhaps as a way for the spirit to continue activities it enjoyed while living. The inclusion of papyrus plants was meant to imply a continuance of life, as it was a symbol of rebirth for the ancient Egyptians.