Painted limestone wall relief

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor)
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural decoration, Relief
New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty
Ramesses II
Plaster | Stone/minerals (Limestone)
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor, Deir el-Medina
Number of Elements
Divine Name
Isis | Ptah | Ptah-Sokar

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Painted limestone relief depicting Khabekhnet and his wife Sahte (to the right) presenting offerings to the gods Ptah (coloured green), Ptah-Sokar (wearing a headdress), and Isis (holding a menat-collar). Several enthroned deities were also depicted in the scene above, although only their feet are preserved. Khabekhnet is identified in the hieroglyphs as the “Servant in the Place of Truth”, which was the Egyptian name for the workman’s village at Deir el-Medina (Luxor). The exact provenance of this relief is unknown, although it is likely from a tomb-chapel at Deir el-Medina where Khabekhnet was buried (TT 2). Khabekhnet was the eldest son of Sennedjem, whose well-known tomb (TT 1) at Deir el- Medina was discovered undisturbed in 1886. While Ptah was the main deity at Memphis, he was also the patron god to the villagers of Deir el-Medina. The relief was purchased in 1906 from the collection of Robert de Rustafjaell (1876–1943). The object is composed for three fragments united by Susan Rees at Cardiff Conservation Department.


Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 135] Černý, Jaroslav 2001. A community of workmen at Thebes in the Ramesside period, 2nd ed. Bibliothèque d'étude 50. Le Caire: Institut français d'archéologie orientale. See Davies, B.G. 1999 'Who's Who At Deir El Medina' p44-47, etc. for information on the family.


Other Identity
W928 & W929 (originally three fragments, which were joined together under one number) | 755 (Boscawen number)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 19–21 Dec 1906, Lot 404
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'


Isis: <ꜣ>st wr<t mwt> nṯr [...] Isis the Great, God's Mother [...] Ptah-Sokar: ptḥ-skr nb štyt ḥr<t>-i͗b r-sṯꜣw Ptah-Sokar, Lord of Shetayet, who resides in Rosetau. Ptah: p<t>ḥ nb mꜣꜥt ... sṯꜣ.tw n.f Ptah, Lord of maat, [...] brought to him. Khabekhnet: [...] i͗n sḏm ꜥš n nb tꜣwy ḫꜣ-bḫnt [...] by the Servant of the Lord of the Two Lands, Khabekhnet. Sahte: snt.<f> nb<t-pr> sꜢ<ḥ-tꜢ> His wife, Mistress of the House, Sahte.

Personal Names
Khabekhnet (ḫꜥ-bḫnt) | Sahte (sꜣḥ-tꜣ)
Last modified: 13 Jan 2023

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