Tomb wall-painting of scribes: a fragmentary tomb-painting on plaster. Comparison with other tomb-paintings indicates that this is part of a harvest scene, showing scribes assessing and recording the harvest. At the top and down the right-hand edge a green border is visible. To the left is the figure of a squatting scribe taking records of the harvest. Above him is his scribal chest, painted with a black and white design. On top of its sloping lid is a white roll of papyrus, and above this a wooden palette with reed pens in the slot, painted yellow to indicate wood. Behind the scribe an inspector sits on a pile of grain, now lost; he holds a staff and a bouquet of greenery as he watches his subordinates work. The scribes' linen costumes distinguish them from the workers in such scenes, who are shown as wearing only loin-cloths.
- Found/Acquired: Thebes
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Thebes (Upper Egypt - archaic))
- Height: 30 centimetres
- Width: 36.5 centimetres
The painting comes from the walls of an unknown Theban tomb, similar in style to, though not identical with, the mid-18th Dynasty tomb of Nebamen. It is generally well preserved, although the black paint has flaked off in several places.
L. Manniche, 'Lost Tombs:A Study of Certain Eighteenth Dynasty Monuments of the Theban Necropolis' (London, 1988), 196 (location in the British Museum not then known to author).
Lot 401 at sale.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA16688
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