Nebamun Supervising Estate Activities, Tomb of Nebamun

Artist: Charles K. Wilkinson ca. 1928–1930

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 18

Reign: reign of Thutmose IV–Amenhotep III

Date: ca. A.D. 1928; original ca. 1400–1352 B.C.

Geography: Original from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes

Medium: Tempera on paper

Dimensions: facsimile: h. 99 cm (39 in); w. 130 cm (51 3/16 in); scale 1:2; framed: h. 132.1 cm (52 in); w. 101.6 cm (40 in); th. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1930

Accession Number: 30.4.57


This facsimile copies a wall painting from the tomb of a man named Nebamun who lived in the middle of Egypt's Dynasty 18 (about 1475 B.C.). The scene probably depicts various activities that were part of Nebamun's personal life. In the center of the top register, men gather grapes in a vinyard and at the left side of the next register down, the grapes are brought to a winery, pressed, and decanted into pottery jars while Nebamun, seated on a stool, looks on. In the bottom register, Nebamun, seated at the right, watches while a scribe named Djenutynefer (kneeling in front of him) records the branding of cattle.

In the upper right corner, Nebamun and an attendant bring offerings of thanks to a temple, and below, the outside of a house is depicted with two date palms growing from an interior courtyard.

If you look closely at the facsimile, it's possible to see that the 20th Century artist, Charles K. Wilkinson, restored parts of the scene that had been damaged since the original had been painted some 3400 years before.