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Stringing and Drilling Beads, Tomb of Rekhmire

Artist:
Nina de Garis Davies (1881–1965)
Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1504–1425 B.C.
Geography:
Original from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Rekhmire (TT 100)
Medium:
Paper, tempera paint, ink
Dimensions:
facsimile: h. 27.5 cm (10 13/16 in); w. 62.5 cm (24 5/8 in); scale 1:1 framed: h. 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in); w. 66 cm (26 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.6.25
Not on view
The two men depicted in this facsimile are copied from a scene in the painted tomb chapel of Vizier Rekhmire, the highest official in the government of the pharaohs Thutmose III and Amenhotep II. The men are making goods in the workshop of the Amun temple. The one on the left is stringing a beaded collar, a finished example of which is displayed nearby. Considering the collar’s color, it was probably made from faience beads. Using a bow drill, the man on the right is drilling holes in disks to manufacture stone beads. In Egyptian workshops, different type of crafts were manufactured within the same space.
Painted at Qurna by Nina de Garis Davies for the Graphic Section of the Museum's Egyptian Expedition, 1929. Accessioned 1931.

Wilkinson, Charles K. 1979. Egyptian Wall Paintings: The Metropolitan Museum's Collection of Facsimiles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 36, no. 4 (Spring), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 48, fig. 54.

Wilkinson, Charles K. and Marsha Hill 1983. Egyptian Wall Paintings: The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Collection of Facsimiles. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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