Painted limestone wall relief



Accession Number
W927
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor)
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural decoration, Relief
Period
New Kingdom
Dynasty
Nineteenth Dynasty
Ruler
Ramesses II
Materials
Plaster | Stone/minerals (Limestone)
Provenance
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor, Deir el-Medina
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Isis | Ptah | Ptah-Sokar

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Description

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.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 135] See Davies, B.G. 1999 'Who's Who At Deir El Medina' p44-47, etc. for information on the family.

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Last modified: 03 Oct 2020

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