domingo, 29 de mayo de 2016

The mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep

Niankhkhnum, right, is comfortably installed in a litter (view 73) carried by six servants, in the centre of whom is a dwarf named Khednes. The dwarf is represented unclothed and carries a clothes box on his shoulders. Two men precede the porters, the first is a barber the second a funerary priest. The latter has a dog behind him on a leash. The dog, which belongs to the breed of slughi (or saluki), seems to be a favourite dog of the deceased and is called Hekenen. Behind Niankhkhnum are three men portrayed one above the other. The middle one appears unclothed and has a clothes sack thrown over his shoulder. Because he is the only unclothed person in the retinue, if one discounts the unclothed dwarf, he seems to occupy a relatively low position within the ranks of servants of the deceased. The other two men behind the deceased are funerary priests, the top one also being a manicurist and the other a barber.
The mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep
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The mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep

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