jueves, 1 de septiembre de 2016

Deir el-Medina, Tomb TT1, SENNEDJEM , son of Khabekhnet and Tahennu

Deir el-Medina, Tomb TT1, SENNEDJEM , son of Khabekhnet and Tahennu




The upper sub-register consists of one scene, that of harvest.
With the aid of a curved wooden sickle, of which the cutting edge is encrusted of flints, Sennedjem cuts the ears of corn very high. Thus, most of the straw won't be damaged by the trampling of the animals at the time of threshing.
Iyneferti follows Sennedjem and collects the ears which have fallen to the ground in a basket. It should be noted in passing that the height of the stems and the expanse of the field, which suggests that the field has no limits. In the idyllic world of the hereafter, the harvests are always extraordinary; there are no birds to devour them, no locusts which will ravage everything in minutes. It is in order to show the abundance of the harvests, the scene of ploughing and sowing have, without any logic, been displaced to the sub-register below.
It is also very strange to see the deceased couple achieving this work in their beautiful attire and best occasion wigs : even more proof of the eminently symbolic character of these agricultural scenes. 
 
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