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Griffith Institute w&d 167 | Agricultural scene

Griffith Institute Watercolour 167
Griffith Institute w&d 167
© Griffith Institute Watercolours & Drawings Project

Artist Rosalind F. E. Paget, not signed but credited "R.F.E.P." on plate v of El Bersheh ii.

Date Not dated, probably 1893 or 1894.

Deir el-Bersha.
Tomb of Djehutinakht. Dynasty XII.

Relief fragment with remains of agricultural scene.
From scene: Remains of three registers of agricultural scenes before Djehutinakht with attendants.

Technical data
670 mm x 527 mm.
On watercolour, verso,
'El Bersheh II'; 'Plate V. fig 3.'.

Griffith Institute w&d

See PM iv.177(5) | TopBib 409-060-010-010; GI w&d Deir el-Bersha Project; Griffith, F. L. & Newberry, P. E. El Bersheh ii [1895], 22 pls. v [lower], viii [12]; De Meyer, M. & Cortebeeck, K. Djehoetihotep. 100 jaar opgravingen in Egypte | Djehoutihotep. 100 ans de fouilles en Égypte (2015), 77 fig. 43 (Griffith Institute w&d 167).

This fragment of painted relief from the tomb of Djehutinakht at Deir el-Bersha illustrates three agricultural activities associated with the planting season. From the right, the heads of a team of oxen [pulling a plough]; in the centre, a worker bent in effort tilling the soil; and on the left, a man is sowing seed by scooping it by the handful from a basket tucked under his arm. This detail comes from the south wall of Djehutinakht's Hall which shows him inspecting several registers of agriculture activities arranged by season. This fragment was presented by the Egypt Exploration Fund (now the Egypt Exploration Society) in 1894 to the British Museum in London (EA 1152).

Cataloguing John Wyatt & Lee Young | Commentary Elizabeth Fleming
Photography Jenni Navratil, assisted by Hana Navratilova
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