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Griffith Institute w&d 154 [upper] | Four men hauling the rope

Griffith Institute Watercolour 154 [upper]
Griffith Institute w&d 154 [upper]
© 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.

A group of four men hauling [on rope pulling the colossus], from central part of the third row of figures in front of colossus.
From scene: Djehutihotep followed by attendants with twelve columns of text before him, watches of transport of colossus.

Technical data
275 mm x 265 mm.
Mounted with GI w&d 154 [lower].
Mount, recto,
'Howard Carter 1893.' [signature and date below GI w&d 154 [lower]];
'? 3rd. Register'; 'cf. El Bersheh Pt. I. Pl XV.'.

Griffith Institute w&d
154 [upper]

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], 20-1 pls. xii, xv.

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. This detail by Howard Carter comes from the same scene as GI w&d 153 and GI w&d 154 [lower] and probably shows the ninth and tenth pairs (from the left) of men towing the rope in the third register, as reproduced in Newberry's plates xii and xv, although there are differences between this painting and plate xv. The front man in the left hand pair wears a long-backed white kilt with a short, blue front. The man behind him wears a double-spiked sporran. The front man in the right hand pair wears a short two-coloured kilt, brown behind and blue in front. The rear half of his partner's kilt is long and white, while the front half is unseen but topped by a two-tasselled green sporran.

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.