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  • Description

    Rectangular fragment (one of three) of a polychrome tomb-painting representing a banquet scene, divided into two registers: upper - three seated couples are attended by serving women and boys; lower - a group of women, seated apart from the men, are attended by a standing serving woman.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1350BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 76 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 126 centimetres (painting only)
  • Curator's comments

    PM I Part 2, p. 817. Le Pharaon-Soleil, Paris 1993, p. 238 [Fig.IX.25a,b].
    Lise Manniche in, Strudwick & Taylor: The Theban Necropolis, 2003, [pl.7];
    N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 172-3.
    Full publication: R. Parkinson, The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun: Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art in the British Museum (London: British Museum Press 2008).
    A. Middleton and K. Uprichard (ed.), The Nebamun Wall paintings: Conservation, Scientific Analysis and Display at the British Museum (London: Archetype 2008).


  • Bibliography

    • Strudwick 2006 p.172 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Condition

    good (incomplete)

  • Science

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    Analysis date

    5 August 2004

    Reason for analysis


    Analysis title

    Identification of conservation materials on the Nebamun wall painting Banqueting scene EA37986

    Analysis outline

    The Nebamun wall painting “Banqueting scene” (EA37986) is currently undergoing conservation. Conservation materials on the surface were identified to aid there removal. Four samples were taken. Sample one was identical to a sample taken from the edge of the offering table (EA37985) (1). The material looked waxy but when sampled it was difficult to remove it without taking some of the gypsum backing. This made it difficult to identify. A Raman spectrum was also obtained but again it could not be matched against library spectra. Samples two and three were identified as beeswax, sample four was identified as paraffin wax.

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • ES.181


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