2014/10/24

The funeral procession on water

This fragment shows two scenes of funerary boats travelling to the right towards a booth under which are jars and a conical loaf. The boat in the upper register is propelled by four oarsmen; in the cabin at the front two persons are seen talking to each other. On top of the catafalque  five mourners are sitting, dressed in large white robes.

The funeral procession on water


 In the lower register a person on the right takes hold of the prow of a boat rowed by four oarsmen. The boat is carrying several standing individuals : one man carrying papyrus bouquets, another holding a large stick, another with a fan, and two men carrying ritual vessels, a funerary figurine, and a shabti box. At the extreme right, beneath the upper booth, a servant is holding two jars on the ground.

2014/10/23

Fowling and Plowing from the Mastaba of Nefermaat

The scene shows activities related to fowling and plowing the fields. The first register, or section, illustrates two men catching three geese and a red bird with a net. This register also shows two other geese feeding on grass.  The second register depicts the fields being plowed by means of ox-drawn plows.

Fowling and Plowing from the Mastaba of Nefermaat




These scenes decorated the facade of the funerary chapel of Nefermaat at Meidum so that he could remember these activities of his life and ensure their recurrence in the netherworld.

2014/10/22

Relief of Tep-em-Ankh

Scenes of daily life on tomb walls recalled the life of the deceased in this world.  This part of the low-relief of Tep-em-Ankh is an example. A nude man is grasped round the legs by a large monkey. He is trying to keep the monkey away with his left arm.

Relief of Tep-em-Ankh


A second man is behind them. He is wearing a short kilt and holding a whip with one hand. In his other hand he leads a female monkey who is carrying a baby. There are still traces of color.

2014/10/21

Relief of Ptolemy the First

This relief is decorated with a colored cornice and divided into two parts. The first, which is partly broken, represents King Ptolemy the First standing and holding the Ankh sign. Bearing the solar disk on his head, he is presenting a collar to the baboon god, Thoth, god of wisdom and writing.

Relief of Ptolemy the First


On the second part, the king, wearing the White Crown, is making offerings to Thoth who is the form of an ibis. Hieroglyphic inscriptions are engraved in different colors.


Fragment of a relief showing Akhenaten

The fragment depicts Akhenaten sitting on a stool. His face and the blue crown have for the most part been destroyed. Akhenaten is wearing a long pleated dress and a broad ornate collar. He is supporting himself on the stool with his left hand, the right is bent upwards. 

Fragment of a relief showing Akhenaten


In that hand he is holding a blue dish. Between the raised arm and his face are some rays of the sun disc ending in hands. In front of the king is another person of whom a small part of the clothing is preserved. The paint is well preserved. The fragment probably comes from a house altar.

2014/10/20

Queen Tiye

This fragment of relief, showing the profile of Queen Tiye, comes from one of the walls of tomb of the 'chief of the royal harem' Userhat (TT47), one of the tombs of the Nobles at Thebes. It was purchased at a public sale in Paris by Jean Capart in 1905.

The portrait of the wife of Amenhotep III was made in a very traditional but highly refined style. Her natural hair, a lock of which appears between her ear and eyebrow, is covered by a tripartite wig. Only the lower part of the traditional crown of queens is preserved.

Queen Tiye



Her diadem is decorated at front with two protective uraei representing Upper Egpyt and Lower Egypt, and at the rear with a falcon in place of the more usual vulture. In her hand Tiye holds a lotus.

The Scribe Ta kneeling In front of Anubis

A bald-headed man is depicted at the right hand side, kneeling on the left knee before the jackal god Anubis, who is on his shrine. The man, who according to the inscription is the scribe Ta, wears a long robe and a long kilt with a pleated apron, and raises his hands in adoration. Anubis wears a kind of collar with ribbons or a narrow sash around the neck.

The Scribe Ta kneeling In front of Anubis


An Eye of Horus is depicted above his back. In front of him are a libation jar in a basin and a bouquet of lotus plants. The text consists of seven vertical columns above the scene and one horizontal line above the scribe.<BR>The representations are finely carved in bas relief.

2014/10/19

Sayempetref and his wife Neshay

On this fragment, two registers of representations in sunk relief with legenda have been preserved. They are carefully executed and very detailed.In the upper register, the deceased Sayempetref and his wife Neshay are seated behind an offering table with loaves of bread. Their son Amenmose stands opposite, libating and burning incense. Sayempetref wears a pleated dress and a wig, and has a short beard. He extends his right hand to the offering table; his left hand holds a sceptre and a handkerchief. His chair has lion's legs and woodwork beneath the seat.

Sayempetref and his wife Neshay


Neshay has placed her right arm around her husband's left arm. She is wearing a long translucent dress and a heavy wig, crowned with a perfume cone and a lotus flower. In her left hand, she holds a handkerchief. Her chair also has lion's legs; a sealed vase with a lotus flower is placed beneath it. The couple's feet rest on mats. Amenmose is dressed in a long kilt and bald-headed. The incense burner is in his left hand, the libation vase in his right.

In the lower register, Sayempetref and Neshay sit on a mat; their four children bring them offerings. This time, Sayempetref is clad in a long pleated kilt; Neshay, embracing her husbands shoulder, wears the same dress as in the upper register. Both sons wear simple short kilts. The daughters wear the same dress as their mother does, the first daughter's wig is slightly different. The first son, again Amenmose, presents a tray with offerings.

Behind him is daughter Insuptah with three papyrus flowers. Son Qedes carries a loaf of bread in his right hand and a papyrus flower in his left. Daughter Qednemehoe has a papyrus flower in her left hand and a kind of bag in her right.

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