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tomb-painting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA37984

  • Description

    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.

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  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1370BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 88 centimetres
    • Width: 119 centimetres
    • Thickness: 22 centimetres
    • Width: 99.5 centimetres (painting only)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Comment

        15 vertical registers of hieroglyphs survive.
  • Curator's comments

    Published:
    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 [3];
    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).

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  • Bibliography

    • Andrews 1990 126 bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 p.172 bibliographic details
    • Shaw & Nicholson 1995 p79 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G61/2C

  • Condition

    good (incomplete)

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1821

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA37984

  • Registration number

    .37984

  • Additional IDs

    • ES.179
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.

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.

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