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Tomb of Djehutihotep

GI w&d 67

Tomb of Djehutihotep

GI w&d 155

The Tomb of Djehutihotep at Deir el-Bersha. Hall. North Wall.
East Part | Djehutihotep receives offering bearers carrying fish and fowl from the hunt

Reconstruction with Griffith Institute Watercolours

The final scene on the north wall of Djehutihotep's Hall (Inner Room) in his tomb is the conclusion of the preceding scenes where the noble is portrayed trapping wild birds and netting fish in the Nile. The figure of Djehutihotep is several times larger than the other figures signifying his importance alongside the others portrayed in the scenes, and indeed throughout the scenes in the rest of the tomb. Djehutihotep, now refreshed after the hunt, is clean shaven and wears a diaphanous robe tied at the waist worn over a short kilt; the outfit has been completed by collar and sandals. The long staff that Djehutihotep is holding is also a symbol of his authority, emphasising his governing position.

Djehutihotep, accompanied by his daughter, is attended by six (originally seven) servants carrying their lord's weapons, a fan, papyrus-rolls and a spare pair of sandals. Djehutihotep is receiving the spoils of the hunt which are presented to him by a procession of offering bearers arranged in eight registers. In the first five registers, each offering bearer grasps a single large fish or bird, their burdens are inspected by the officials seated on the ground. In the sixth and seventh registers, the bearers carry large groups of tied or caged birds. In the eighth and final register, bearers with baskets and cages laden with even more fish and birds are followed by others carrying trays piled high with the cooked game.

Griffith Institute w&d 67 and 155 & Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh i, pl. xx (line drawing)
© Griffith Institute Watercolours & Drawings Project | Deir el-Bersha
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We are indebted to our Griffith Institute Research Volunteers, Lee Young and John Wyatt, who compiled the catalogue for these watercolours, and also to Dr Jaromir Malek, former Keeper of the Griffith Institute Archive, who initiated the cataloguing and digitization of this collection. Helen Murray, the first Keeper of the Archive, accessioned, numbered and arranged the watercolours in their present order.

The digitization of the watercolours was carried out by Jenni Navratil, the Institute's Digital Imaging Officer, assisted by Hana Navratilova. Francisco Bosch-Puche, Alison Hobby and Cat Warsi have all made significant contributions to all stages of this project. Elizabeth Fleming edited the final catalogue and designed the web page content.

A special thank you is extended to our colleagues at the Egypt Exploration Society in London for permission to use the line drawings published in Percy E. Newberry's El Bersheh i, The tomb of Tehuti-hetep [1894].