Height: 44.000 cm (max.)
Acquired by the British Museum in 1868
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Fragment of painting from the tomb of Kynebu: Amenhotep I
From the tomb of Kynebu, Thebes,
20th Dynasty, around 1145 BC
Kynebu was a priest 'over the secrets
of the estate of Amun'. He held office during the reign of
Ramesses VIII towards the end of the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC).
Three painted fragments from the tomb decoration are now in the
British Museum, depicting the god
Amenhotep I was venerated as a god, alongside Ahmose-Nefertari, throughout the New Kingdom. In particular, the inhabitants of the workmen's village of Deir el-Medina displayed reverence for the royal pair, attested on stelae, small statuary and in the decoration of their tombs. Amenhotep I is shown wearing a blue cap-wig, fronted by a uraeus, and origoinally topped with a headdress featuring ram horns and a sun-disc. In his hand he holds a crook, symbol of royalty. The king is shown wearing the classic shendjyt-kilt, and a longer see-through linen garment.