Birds in caught in a net (context scene)

Egypt, Beni Hassan, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), Upper Cemetery, East wall.

The Egyptians used a 'clapnet' to catch waterfowl in the marshes. The net was first laid out horizontally just below the water surface and then a 'decoy heron' was positioned nearby to attract passing birds to the area. Once a flock had alighted, a signalman gave the order to a group of waiting men to pull the net shut, the two sides snapping together to catch the unsuspecting birds inside.

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, Reign of Amenemhat II (c. 1918-1884 BCE).
Egypt, Beni Hassan, Upper Cemetery, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), East wall, above doorway to shrine.
Polychrome paint on limestone (photograph), Tracing Paper (Lineart), SVG.
Relief (photograph).
Parent Context
Data Credits
Compiled by Linda Evans and the Beni Hassan Research Group with resources from the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre, and the Australian Centre for Egyptology.
Project Funding
Supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme: DP160102223 "Measuring meaning in Egyptian art: A new approach to an intractable problem" held by N. Kanawati (MQ), L. Evans (MQ), A. Woods (MQ) and J. Kamrin (Met), the Macquarie University Department of Ancient History, and the Macquarie University Faculty of Arts.
Original Citation
N. Kanawati & L. Evans, Beni Hassan: Volume I: The Tomb of Khnumhotep II (Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 36, Aris and Phillips, Oxford, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-85668-846-1), pls. 67 (photograph) 116a, 133, 137 (lineart).
Recorded and published with permission from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Photographs by Effy Alexakis as part of research on site. Copyright Macquarie University 2018. All rights reserved.
Cite this
Linda Evans "Birds in caught in a net (context scene)." In The Beni Hassan Visual Dictionary: Khnumhotep II, edited by Alexandra Woods, Brian Ballsun-Stanton, and Nicolle Leary. Sydney: Macquarie University, 2018.