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Marsh scene which became a popular scene for funerary temples in the 5th Dynasty. These images showed nature and the king's position in it as divine ruler, as well as the importance of the sun god Re - who was responsible for the continuation of the natural world.
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 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.