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Griffith Institute w&d 153 | Three workmen carrying a large block of wood

Griffith Institute Watercolour 153
Griffith Institute w&d 153
© Griffith Institute Watercolours & Drawings Project

Artist Howard Carter

Date 1893

Deir el-Bersha.
Tomb of Djehutihotep. Temp. Sesostris II and Sesostris III.
Hall (Inner Room). West wall, upper part.

Three men carrying a large block of wood, from left part of bottom row of figures.
From scene: Djehutihotep followed by attendants with twelve columns of text before him, watches transport of colossus.

Technical data
477 mm x 330 mm.
Mount, recto,
'Howard Carter 1893.' [signature and date]
'Traced in El Bersheh I. Pl. XV.'; 'cf. El Bersheh I. Pl XV.'.
Mount, verso,
'El Bersheh I. Pl: XV.'

Griffith Institute w&d

See PM iv.180(14)-(15) | TopBib 409-060-010-020; GI w&d Deir el-Bersha Project; Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh i [1894], 20 pls. xii, xv; De Meyer, M. & Cortebeeck, K. Djehoetihotep. 100 jaar opgravingen in Egypte | Djehoutihotep. 100 ans de fouilles en Égypte (2015), 79, 81 figs. 41a (Griffith Institute w&d 153), 41b.

The huge scene depicting the transportation of Djehutihotep's Colossus fills the top five registers of the central section of the left hand wall of the Inner Chamber (Newberry pls. xii and xv). This coloured detail by Howard Carter from the same scene as GI w&d 154 [upper] and GI w&d 154 [lower] comes from the fifth register just under the Colossus and shows three men carrying a large block of wood, with a strangely jagged upper outline, on their left shoulders. They wear short, white, plain kilts. The text describes the block as "logs of conveyance", so it is presumably connected with the actual movement of the Colossus.

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