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Wall Fragment from the Tomb of Amenemhet and His Wife Hemet

Egyptian1991–1784 B.C.

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, United States

This fragment from a vividly painted tomb illustrates how a tomb interior might have looked. Amenemhet and his wife are surrounded by haunches of meat, vegetables, jars—perhaps filled with beer—and loaves of bread needed to sustain them in the afterlife. The receding space of the room is suggested by objects stacked up so that no loaf or jar is hidden from view. Finally, by naming food and supplies such as linen for clothing in the hieroglyphic text, the tomb owner was assured comfort in life after death

Details

  • Title: Wall Fragment from the Tomb of Amenemhet and His Wife Hemet
  • Creator: Egyptian
  • Date Created: 1991–1784 B.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: 31.1 × 41.7 × 6.7 cm (12 1/4 × 16 3/8 × 2 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Architectural fragment
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Limestone and pigment
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Purchase Fund, 1920.262
  • Artist: Egyptian

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