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The Market Scene in the Tomb of Khaemhat (TT 57)

Cristina Pino
The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology
Vol. 91 (2005), pp. 95-105
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3822396
Page Count: 11
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The Market Scene in the Tomb of Khaemhat (TT 57)
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Abstract

The tomb of Khaemhat (TT 57) is renowned for the exceptional quality of its reliefs, as well as for the historical importance contained in the representations and texts describing the king's Sed Festival. The numerous scenes depicting agricultural tasks that decorate the tomb are related to Khaemhat's main function, namely the control of agricultural production and subsequent storage for distribution. On the wall adjacent to the one showing the harvest there is a scene representing a market, an unusual subject in New Kingdom tombs, though more frequent in Old Kingdom mastabas. At Thebes, markets only appear certainly in the tombs of Kenamon (TT 162), Ipuy (TT 217) and Huy and Kenro (TT 54). Even if there are some similarities in all these representations, that of Khaemhat has several peculiarities that make it unique and which may well reveal new information about commerce in ancient Egypt.

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