Fragment of painted plaster from the tomb of
around 2600 BC
Man feeding an antelope
of Itet was a joint tomb with her husband Nefermaat, a vizier in
the reign of Sneferu. His tomb contained decoration in an unusual
style, with the shapes deeply cut out and filled with paste.
Itet's chapel, however, contained some of the earliest
painted scenes known to us from Egypt, one of which, the geese in
the Cairo Museum (known as the 'Meydum Geese'), is
world-famous. The painting on the two British Museum fragments is
of almost equal quality: this example shows a man feeding an
antelope. The clarity of the colours and the skill of the
draughtsman is outstanding.
W.M.F. Petrie, Medum (London, D. Nutt, 1892)
A.J. Spencer, Early Egypt, The rise of civil (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)