Fragment (one of three) of a polychrome tomb-painting representing a banquet scene, divided into two registers: upper - men and women sit together and are attended by one standing servant-girl; lower - four musicians (two shown full-face) are shown seated on the ground while two dancers provide entertainment for the guests. The dancers wear girdles, ear-rings, bracelets and armlets. The female musicians wear ear-rings, broad collars, bracelets, armlets and finger-rings. Fifteen vertical registers of hieroglyphs survive.
- 1370BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Tomb of Nebamun
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Tomb of Nebamun (Thebes))
- Height: 88 centimetres
- Width: 119 centimetres
- Thickness: 22 centimetres
- Width: 99.5 centimetres (painting only)
Inscription Comment15 vertical registers of hieroglyphs survive.
PM I Part 2, p. 817.
P. Kozloff, B. Bryan, and M. Berman, Egypt's Dazzling Sun, Cleveland 1992, p. 299 [Pl.32] = Le Pharaon-Soleil, Paris 1993, p. 238 [Fig.IX.24]. Strudwick in Davies, Colour and Painting, London 2001, p. 131, col. pl. 47 ;
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).
On display: G61/dc2/sC
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
Fragment (one of three) of a polychrome tomb-painting representing a banquet scene, divided into two registers: upper - men and women sit together and are attended by one standing servant-girl; lower - four musicians (two shown full-face) are shown seated on the ground while two dancers provide entertainment for the guests, fifteen vertical registers of hieroglyphs survive.
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: YCA60906
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.