Two men reporting the tally of a desert hunt, a detail from the tomb of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hassan

Egypt, Beni Hassan, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), Upper Cemetery, Chapel, North 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. 39a (photograph),

Description

Two bowing men present the report from a desert hunt and a gift of an oryx to the tomb owner. This detail appears beside the desert hunt scene on the chapel's north wall General view of the north wall. The first man wears a shoulder-length wig and a long kilt. He holds a document in his left hand and a scribal palette under his right armpit. He is labelled sš wdḥw Rn-js sꜢ Mnṯw-ḥtp(.w) ‘the scribe of the offering-table, Renis’s son, Mentuhotep’. The document he holds records the number of hunted animals: ḥṯt ‘hyena’ 3,300; mꜢ-ḥḏ ‘oryx’; smꜢ ‘wild bull’ 400; gḥs ‘gazelle’ 3,100; njꜢw ‘ibex’; šsꜢw ‘hartebeest’ 3,300. The unfolded document can be seen here in more detail: Scroll reporting on desert hunt. The man behind Mentuhotep wears a long wig and a short kilt and is leading a scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) to be presented to the tomb owner.

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, North wall, Right Upper section, Wall, 2. 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. 39a (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 Madeline Jenkins and the Beni Hassan Research Group with resources from the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre, and the Australian Centre for Egyptology.

Cite This

Madeline Jenkins "Two men reporting the tally of a desert hunt, 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/Two+men+reporting+the+tally+of+a+desert+hunt/