Tomb owner spearing fish, a detail from the tomb of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hassan

Egypt, Beni Hassan, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), Upper Cemetery, Chapel, East wall.

Publication

N. Kanawati & L. Evans, Beni Hassan: Volume I: The Tomb of Khnumhotep II (Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 36, Aris and Phillips, Oxford, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-85668-846-1), pls. 76b (photograph),

Description

The tomb owner spears two fish while standing on a boat in the marshlands. This detail occurs within the spearfishing scene on the chapel's east wall Tomb owner spear-fishing in the marshlands. Khnumhotep stands upon a large papyrus boat in front of a papyrus thicket. He wears a transparent long kilt with a belt on top of the sports tunic. He also wears a skullcap, ceremonial beard, moustache and collar. He holds a spear made of reeds. The end of the spear has pierced two fish, a tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and a Nile perch (Lates niloticus), within a mound of water. A smaller man stands on the boat to the left of Khnumhotep II. He is described as jrj mrḥt H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) ‘the keeper of salve, Khnumhotep’. He has short, wavy hair, wears a long kilt and holds in one hand a spare spear and in the other a reel on which a line is wound. Birds and other marshland creatures perch at the top of the papyrus thicket on the tomb owner’s left Animals in a papyrus thicket.

Details

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, Reign of Amenemhat II (c. 1918-1884 B.C.E.). Egypt, Beni Hassan, Upper Cemetery, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), Chapel, East wall, Right section, Wall. limestone. Relief or Polychrome Paint.

Referencing

Publication

N. Kanawati & L. Evans, Beni Hassan: Volume I: The Tomb of Khnumhotep II (Australian Centre for Egyptology: Reports 36, Aris and Phillips, Oxford, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-85668-846-1), pls. 76b (photograph),

Project Funding

Project funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project Scheme: "Measuring meaning in Egyptian art: A new approach to an intractable problem" (DP160102223), held by N. Kanawati (Macquarie University), L. Evans (Macquarie University), A. Woods (Macquarie University) and J. Kamrin (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York); the Department of Ancient History and Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.

Rights

Photograph by Effy Alexakis, Photowrite. Recorded and published with permission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Copyright original photograph owners, used with the Macquarie University license. All rights reserved, no redistribution of images or content from this site without prior permission (or otherwise compatible with Australian Copyright Fair Dealing).

Data Credits

Compiled by Penelope Blake and the Beni Hassan Research Group with resources from the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre, and the Australian Centre for Egyptology.

Cite This

Penelope Blake "Tomb owner spearing fish, a detail from the tomb of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hassan ." In The Beni Hassan Visual Dictionary: Khnumhotep II, edited by Alexandra Woods, Brian Ballsun-Stanton, and Nicolle Leary. Sydney: Macquarie University, 2018. https://benihassan.com/dictionary/Khnumhotep+II+Tomb+3/Tomb+owner+spearing+fish/