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Occupations of Women in Ancient Egypt

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palette

small slab of stone used for grinding cosmetics in pre-dynastic Egyptian times; later, large ceremonial palettes bearing carved reliefs commemorated important events.

scribe

someone who could read and write; a highly respected title in ancient Egyptian times

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Relief of Manufacturing of Gold from the Tomb of Nefer Seshem Psammetik
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The relief, which was once part of a tomb decoration, shows the tomb owner, Nefer Seshem Psammetik, watching the manufacturing and presentation of gold objects.

He bears the title of "the scribe of the divine book" and he is seen to the left holding his staff and sitting on a stool. Before him, four distinct groups of individuals are shown: first comes the "scribe of the gold," who crouches in front of his scribal materials.

He holds a pen, palette and papyrus scroll to record the number of gold ornaments received, which have been laid out before the tomb owner on two mats.

The second group depicts another man, perhaps the scribe's assistant, receiving a large collar from a woman holding a bracelet. The next two groups show women wearing collars and bracelets.

The artist excels in portraying the variations in poses, attitudes and even hairstyles.

Dimensions:  Height 30 cm  Width 130 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Relief

Style:

Late Period

Materials:

Limestone
Type Type

Type:

Relief
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Mit Rahina
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

380 BC - 342 BC

Acquired: 

1860 AD
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