- Museum number
Wooden drawing board: this object consists of a rectangular wooden board covered with a thin layer of plaster. Originally a squared grid, ruled in red, covered the whole of one side of the board, the other side is blank. The grid still remains on the left half of the inscribed surface, where a seated figure of a king has been drawn. At some time, the grid was erased from the right side. On this part of the board there is now a well-drawn rendering of the quail chick hieroglyph; seven awkwardly drawn versions of a forearm with outstretched hand, also a hieroglyph; and a small sketch identifiable as a loaf of bread impressed with the imprint of fingers, since similar loaves are found among piles of offerings in temple and tomb scenes. The clumsy forearms are clearly by a different hand from those that drew either the king's figure or the quail chick. In each case, the outline of the arm itself is ruled, not drawn freehand, as was the usual practice, and the length of the thumb in relation to the fingers has presented a problem in at least two of the examples. To obtain the correct orientation of the forearms, one must turn the board upside down. Two cartouches are drawn in association with the king's figure; both contain the throne name Menkheperkare. This name was used by Thutmosis III during the time of his co-regency with Hatshepsut, as an alternative to his more usual prenomen, Menkheperre.
- Production date
Height: 53.40 centimetres
Weight: 1 kilograms
Width: 38 centimetres
Depth: 0.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (Part 2) (Oxford: Clarendon Press), p. 844;
P. Kozloff, B. Bryan and M. Berman, 'Le Pharaon-Soleil Catalogue' (Paris, 1993), p. 63 [Fig.IV.2];
'Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt' (Japan, 1999-2000), ;
'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006): 72, cat no. 31;
G. Robins in W. V. Davies (ed.), 'Colour and painting in ancient Egypt' (London, 2001), p. 60, col. pl. 15 ;
T. G. H. James & W. V. Davies, ‘Egyptian Sculpture’ (London, 1983), p. 17, fig. 14 (reversed);
G. Robins, ‘Proportion and Style in ancient Egyptian Art’ (Austin, 1994), pl. 5.1.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs
2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs
2011 6 Oct - 19 Feb, The British Museum, G35, 'Grayson Perry- Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman'
2013, Apr - Jul, Paris, Louvre, L'Art Du Contour
2013/2014, Sept - Jan, Musée royaux d’art et d’histoire, Brussels, L'Art Du Contour
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 245 `A board, on which is very delicately painted in black outline.... was discovered in a small Temple of Isis at Thebes, and with it were found three different painter's instruments of solid metal, used for sculpture, &c, and which will accompany the above Lot'. Further details in Burton ms (BL AddMS 25639 f.45): `with the board was a pallet of wood - for 2 colours red and Black - & one pencil - the pallat (sic) was about 2 in wide & 12 long with a ??? in midst for brush - There were 2 delicate instruments of bronze with it - one having a handle, like a little axe. The other more like a knife or a surgeon's plaister spreader (sic) - Both I think were for [gap] or levelling slight inequalities in the wall, & for erasure'.
For further details of findspot and associated objects, see Sotheby's sale catalogue, collection of James Burton, 25 July 1836, lot 232 with plate.
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.5601 (Birch Slip Number)