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Inspecting the fields

Length: 106.700 cm
Width: 45.800 cm

EA 37982

Inspecting the fields

From: The tomb of Nebamun, Thebes, Egypt
Date:18th Dynasty, around 1350 BC

This scene was painted on the wall of the tomb of a rich scribe called Nebamun. It shows a workman inspecting Nebamun's fields. The man is bending over a white marker in the ground, and measuring its position with a stick. The hieroglyphs above his head are an oath, saying that the marker is in the right place.

The man would have travelled with other officials to the fields in the two chariots on the right. But most people who worked in the fields were labourers who had to walk to work.

Explore the tomb of Nebamun further at the Museum's Ancient Egypt website.