lunes, 30 de marzo de 2015

El Moalla

The tomb of Ankhtifi at Mo'alla.
The tomb belongs to the provincial governor (nomarch - being the leader of a nome) and military leader Ankhtifi who exercised the power in the south of the Upper Egypt under the IXth Herakleopolitain Dynasty (around 2100 B.C.).
The tomb had been discovered by chance by quarrymen in 1928. It had suffered a lot, but the great autobiography engraved on the pillars is preserved well enough well and illuminates some of the complicate political e...vents which occurred at the time of the obscure First Intermediate Period. It also brings precious indications on the status and the power of a nomarch at this time. The painted scenes, often mutilated, present some original characters. If they testify of a knowledge of the iconographic program of the tombs of the Old Kingdom at Giza and Saqqara, their style is provincial, with frequent clumsiness and sometimes grotesque aspects.

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