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.