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tomb-relief

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA281

  • Description

    Limestone tomb-relief of Nakhy: this relief, possibly a lintel from a tomb, is divided into two scenes. All figures are sunk in relief and the texts are incised in columns above the figures. In the scene on the left side the god Ra-Horakhty is seated upon a throne before an altar heaped with offerings. The workman Nakhy and his wife Nefertiri stand before him with their arms raised in adoration. On the right side Nakhy and his wife appear in an identical scene of worship before the seated figure of Osiris. Apart from a large gap at the top right of the relief and damage along the edges, the slab is well preserved. There are no traces of colour.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 26 centimetres
    • Width: 84 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        one side
      • Inscription Translation

        Titles/epithets include : Workman
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised.
  • Curator's comments

    The workman Nakhy and his wife are also known from stela no. 50010 in the Turin Museum (M .Tosi and A. Roccati, 'Stele e altre epigrafi di Deir el Medina. (n. 50001-50262) : Pubblicate con il contributo del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche' (Turin, 1972), 43-4) and from funerary cones discovered in pit 1138 at Deir el-Medina (B. Bruyere, 'Rapport sur les fouilles de Deir el Médineh; (1928)' (Cairo, 1929), 12-16). The relief may have come from that same pit. This workman Nakhy is not to be confused with the workman Nakhy, son of Bukentef, who flourished at the end of the Nineteenth Dynasty or indeed the latter's grandfather, the chief craftsman Nakhy, who comes from a different family.

    Bibliography:
    G. Maspero, ‘Recueil de Travaux relatifs à la philology et à ‘archéologie égyptiennes et assyriennes 2 (Paris,1880), 180;
    The British Museum, 'A guide to the Egyptian galleries (Sculpture)' (London, 1909), 233 (no. 841);
    B. Bruyere, 'Rapport sur les fouilles de Deir el Médineh; (1928)' (Cairo, 1929), 18;
    B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), ii, 726.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bierbrier 1982 pl.6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1995 Feb-May, Atlanta, Emory University, Reflections of Women in the New Kingdom

  • Condition

    Good. Apart from a large gap at the top right of the relief and damage along the edges, the slab is well preserved.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1843

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA281

  • Registration number

    1843,0507.5

Limestone tomb-relief of Nakhy: this relief, possibly a lintel from a tomb, is divided into two scenes. All figures are sunk in relief and the texts are incised in columns above the figures. In the scene on the left side the god Ra-Horakhty is seated upon a throne before an altar heaped with offerings. The workman Nakhy and his wife Nefertiri stand before him with their arms raised in adoration. On the right side Nakhy and his wife appear in an identical scene of worship before the seated figure of Osiris. Apart from a large gap at the top right of the relief and damage along the edges, the slab is well preserved. There are no traces of colour.

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