Fragment of painted plaster from the tomb of Itet


British Museum

British Museum

The mastaba of Itet was a joint tomb with her husband Nefermaat, a vizier in the reign of Sneferu. His tomb contained decoration in an unusual style, with the shapes deeply cut out and filled with paste. Itet's chapel, however, contained some of the earliest painted scenes known to us from Egypt, one of which, the geese in the Cairo Museum (known as the 'Meydum Geese'), is world-famous. The painting on the two British Museum fragments is of almost equal quality: this example shows a man feeding an antelope. The clarity of the colours and the skill of the draughtsman is outstanding.

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  • Title: Fragment of painted plaster from the tomb of Itet
  • Date Created: -2600/-2600
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 46.00cm (max); Width: 80.00cm (max)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: painted
  • Registration number: 1979,1017.2
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Tomb of Itet
  • Period/culture: 4th Dynasty
  • Material: plaster
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Transferred from Victoria and Albert Museum. Excavated by Petrie, William Matthew Flinders


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