Nes-Peka-Shuti Relief: Block
Tomb reliefs magically repeated the rituals required to transport the deceased to the afterlife and maintain him or her once there. The wealthier the individual, the more elaborate the decoration of the tomb. Nespeqashuty was a vizier, the highest ranking government official.
The decoration of Nespeqashuty’s tomb was never completed, allowing a rare glimpse into the artist’s working process. The three steps of relief carving are clearly visible here. First, each scene was drawn in color with attention paid to every detail. Next, the outline of each figure was carved and the background cut away. Finally, another carving of the figures softened the contour lines and sculpted the internal details.
The graffiti on the relief were written in both Demotic and Coptic, the two latest stages of the Egyptian language, as well as in Greek, during a thousand-year period after the tomb was prepared for Nespeqashuty. Writing graffiti in the tomb was a pious act, not vandalism.
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- Medium: Limestone
- Place Found: Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-610 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 9 11/16 x 22 1/2 in. (24.6 x 57.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 52.131.6
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Nes-Peka-Shuti Relief: Block, ca. 664-610 B.C.E. Limestone, 9 11/16 x 22 1/2 in. (24.6 x 57.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.131.6. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: One of nine limestone blocks (in two courses) forming the lowest register of east wall of tomb of Nes-peka-shuti. Series of male and female servants carrying offerings and walking to the right. Name and titles of owner in single columns between figures. Reliefs more-or-less unfinished, some details still only indicated in red. Hard limestone with numerous traces of iron. Condition: Reliefs assembled from many fragments, numerous gaps. Surface fragile in sections.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)