Treasures of Ancient Egypt Day 7 – hunting in the marshes

This is the most famous of the Nebamun murals. It shows Nebamun hunting in the marshes. He is standing up in a papyrus boat, spearing fish and throwing sticks at birds. Again, Nebamun’s life is shown to be utterly perfect. The weather is glorious. His wife and daughter are with him. He is catching fish and fowl left right and centre.

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Look how skilful and detailed the artwork is. I love the expression on the face of this fish.

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The eye of Nebamun’s ginger cat was decorated with a splodge of real gold. Most of it is gone, but there remains a tiny bit in the top left corner. Visit the British Museum to see the painting, and you’ll see the gold still glinting under the spotlights.

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