Stringing and Drilling Beads, Tomb of Rekhmire

New Kingdom

Nina de Garis Davies

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.

Stringing and Drilling Beads, Tomb of Rekhmire, Nina de Garis Davies (1881–1965), Paper, tempera paint, ink

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