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Griffith Institute w&d 149 | A colourful pectoral

Griffith Institute Watercolour 149
Griffith Institute w&d 149
© Griffith Institute Watercolours & Drawings Project

Artist Marcus W. Blackden.

Date 1891, probably.

Deir el-Bersha.
Tomb of Djehutihotep. Temp. Sesostris II and Sesostris III.
Hall (Inner Room). East wall.

Detail of a pectoral decorated with a double uraeus worn by Sithedjhotep, daughter of Djehutihotep.
From scene: Djehutihotep with female relatives.

Technical data
139 mm x 158 mm.
Signature on watercolour,
'M. W. Blackden.'.
Watercolour, recto [no mount],
'cf. El Bersheh'; '1. Frontispiece [incorrect] & Pl.'.
Watercolour, verso [no mount],
'El Bersheh I.'; 'Part of Decoration in Frontispiece. [incorrect]'.

Griffith Institute w&d

See PM iv.180(20)-(21) | TopBib 409-060-010-020; GI w&d Deir el-Bersha Project; Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh i [1894], 36 pls. xxiv, xxix.

This painting, by Marcus W. Blackden, has been copied from a scene on the east wall of the Hall in the tomb of Djehutihotep at Deir el-Bersha. Djehutihotep is observing the daily activities of his estate and, whilst doing so, he enjoys the company of his female relatives. All the women are dressed in their finest clothes and jewellery for the occassion, and this brightly coloured object is a detail from a pectoral worn by Sithedjhotep, one of Djehutihotep's daughters.

The pectorals worn by Sithedjhotep and her sisters are all decorated differently; Sithedjhotep's pectoral has a circular red centrepiece flanked by two uraeai painted in brilliant colours with green bodies, blue heads and red hoods; they also wear the red crown of Lower Egypt. The whole motif is framed by a series of radiating blue, yellow and red coloured bands with twelve blue and green pendant beads strung across the bottom edge. The pectoral is topped by several white, blue and green bands; emerging from the top are the two green straps of the necklace.

Cataloguing John Wyatt & Lee Young | Commentary Elizabeth Fleming
Photography Jenni Navratil, assisted by Hana Navratilova
Editing and web pages Elizabeth Fleming, assisted by Francisco Bosch-Puche & Cat Warsi.