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Tomb of Djehutinakht

GI w&d 167


The Tomb of Djehutinakht at Deir el-Bersha. Hall. South Wall.
Remains of three registers of agricultural scenes before Djehutinakht with attendants

Reconstruction with Griffith Institute Watercolours

On the south wall of the Hall in the tomb of Djehutinakht at Deir el-Bersha are the remains of a group of agricultural scenes. At the right side Djehutinakht is shown standing within a kiosk wearing a short kilt, wig, collar and bracelets and holding a long staff. He is accompanied by three of his servants, who are standing attentively behind their master. In front of Djehutihotep are the remains of what was originally five registers of agricultural activity: ploughing the soil with teams of oxen, men sowing seed and hoeing the ground, harvest scenes with the gathering of flax and the reaping of wheat, and finally scribes compiling the accounts and officials presenting the ledgers to the noble for inspection.


Griffith Institute w&d 167 & Griffith, F. L. and Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh ii, pl. viii (line drawing)
© Griffith Institute Watercolours & Drawings Project | Deir el-Bersha


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Griffith Institute w&d 165, 166 and 167 & Griffith, F. L. and Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh ii, plate v
© 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 Francis L. Griffith & P. E. Newberry's El Bersheh ii [1895].