Hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas) collecting fruit

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

A cheeky hamadryas baboon (Egyptian name: i-an) feeds on figs while it 'helps' a workman to collect the fruit. The hamadryas can be differentiated from representations of other monkey species via its bright pink face and buttocks. The scene was believed to be unique until early 2018 when a similar painting of a baboon 'helper' was uncovered in the newly discovered Old Kingdom tomb of Hetepet at Giza -- thus pre-dating the Beni Hassan example by c. 400 years.

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, Reign of Amenemhat II (c. 1918-1884 BCE).
Egypt, Beni Hassan, Upper Cemetery, Khnumhotep II (Tomb 3), West wall, north of entrance, register 5..
Polychrome paint on limestone (photograph), Tracing Paper (Lineart), SVG.
Relief (photograph).
Parent Context
Data Credits
Compiled by Linda Evans and the Beni Hassan Research Group with resources from the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre, and the Australian Centre for Egyptology.
Project Funding
Supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project scheme: DP160102223 "Measuring meaning in Egyptian art: A new approach to an intractable problem" held by N. Kanawati (MQ), L. Evans (MQ), A. Woods (MQ) and J. Kamrin (Met), the Macquarie University Department of Ancient History, and the Macquarie University Faculty of Arts.
Original Citation
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. 20b (photograph), 116a, 133, 137 (lineart).
Recorded and published with permission from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Photographs by Effy Alexakis as part of research on site. Copyright Macquarie University 2018. All rights reserved.
Cite this
Linda Evans "Hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas) collecting fruit." 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/exhibition/Kanawati-Evans-BH1-Pl-20b-Beni-Hassan-3-Khnumhotep-II-Chapel-Scene-West-wall-Right-Lower-section-Wall/