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Tomb of Djehutihotep

GI w&d 163

The Tomb of Djehutihotep at Deir el-Bersha. Hall (Inner Room). Shrine. West Wall.
Funerary ritual and offering bearers before Djehutihotep

Reconstruction with Griffith Institute Watercolours

The large Shrine cut into the north wall of the Hall (Inner Room) is dedicated to Djehutihotep and his father Kay. On the north wall of the Shrine the two men stand facing one another, above them are several lines of text giving their names, titles and filiations. In mirrored scenes on the west (left) and east (right) walls, Djehutihotep (on the left wall) and Kay (on the right) are seated before an offering table laden with food. Arranged in five rows in front of them are men conducting funerary rituals on their behalf, including priests reciting texts, purification ceremonies, ritual slaughter of oxen and servants bringing them offerings of food and drink.

Griffith Institute w&d 163 & Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh i, pl. xxxii (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].