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Wildlife in the ancient marshes

By Jacqueline Engel

This panel, carved in bas relief, comes from the mortuary temple of Userkaf (2494-2487, first ruler of the 5th Dynasty), which is at Saqqara.

It shows a flock of birds and a butterfly(not in the picture) in a papyrus thicket.

A pied kingfisher hovers above, waiting for fish to appear, while a hoopoe, scared ibis, night heron and a purple gallinule balance the papyrus umbels.

Egyptian Museum Caïro.

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