sábado, 14 de marzo de 2015

The tomb of Irukaptah at Saqqara, also called Khenu

The tomb of Irukaptah at Saqqara, also called Khenu 


The net, hexagonal as always, is represented closed, full of fowl which are difficult to recognise. The supervisor of the hunt is standing with his back to the net, behind some stems of stylised papyrus, turned toward the haulers, to which he gives the signal to close the trap, with his outstretched arms, whilst spreading between his hands is a piece of white material. The haulers are five in number and don't seem to make great efforts whilst pulling on the rope to close the net. How this net capturing function worked is not entirely clear, although an on-line article exists on "Fishing, Hunting and Fowling".
Two elements are unusual here: the first man is represented in an attitude different of that of his companions, and the supervisor's figure is also unusual: standing behind his men, wearing a pointed kilt which indicates his rank, his right hand rests on his left shoulder.


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