Fragment of painted plaster from the tomb of Sebekhotep
From Thebes, Egypt
18th Dynasty, around 1400 BC
Sebekhotep was a senior treasury official of the reign of Thutmose IV (1400-1390 BC).
Three men carrying plates of gold with interlinked rings of gold over their arms. Gold was one of the most important products of Nubia. This is the usual way that gold is represented in Egyptian tomb paintings.
Three men carrying luxury items characteristic of their country: gold rings, jasper, ebony logs, giraffe tails, a leopard skin, a live baboon and a monkey.
Syrians pay homage carrying vessels. Some of these items are most elaborate; made of gold inlaid with semi-precious stones. One man leads a small girl by the hand, while another carries an elephant tusk.
From the tomb of Djehutihotep, Deir el-Bersha, Egypt about 1850 BC.
Djehutihotep, a governor who ruled during the 12th dynasty of Amenemhet II, about 1850 BC.
Daughters of Djehutihotep
Sister of Djehutihotep
The scene depicts a procession of attendants led by a bowman. Four men carry Djehutyhotep's carrying chair, below which walks his dog, Ankhu. Behind the chair and the dog comes a 'trusty seal bearer' followed by his servant. Others, possibly Djehutyhotep's bodyguard, carry weapons. The dress of the men makes a distinction between their function and status; those with the long kilts are probably the senior officials, while those with the short kilts are more likely to be the regular guards. Some of the men heads are shaven.