Everyday Life in the Old Kingdom
A common nature scene seen in these funerary tombs are of netting fowl. In the painting: Frieze of the Geese from the tomb of the Prince Nefermaat and his wife Itet at maydum, the artist puts a lot of detail into the depiction of the geese making it “seem to have been of considerable aesthetic interest for the artist” (Malek). Birds in paintings on the walls of tombs are usually seen as tomb offerings above or near doorways. “In general, these wild birds represent wild spiritual elements that must be trapped, caged, sometimes tamed, or offered to the neteru (gods/goddesses) in sacrifice” (http://www.egypt-tehuti.org/tombs.html).
Birds also serve to fully enhance the everyday life of an Egyptian. “These agricultural scenes of peasants working in the fields stress the owner’s status and distinction in the physical world” (http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/articles/pages/122/Interpreting-Egyptian-Art.html), and act as a reminder that the owner was