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Dress and ornament in
Ancient Egypt

A party

Height: 88.000 cm
Width: 119.000 cm
Thickness: 22.000 cm

EA 37984, EA 7981

A party

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

This part of a wall painting comes from the tomb of Nebamun, a rich and important scribe. It shows a banquet. The wealthy guests are shown drinking in the top picture. They wear party robes of yellow and white, and the women also wear very heavy black wigs and lots of jewellery.

At the bottom are some swaying dancers with musicians on either side. It is very unusual to see people facing out of an Egyptian painting, as these musicians are shown. Important people's faces are normally painted from the side, in profile.

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