Egyptian Women of the Old Kingdom and of the Heracleopolitan by Henry George Fischer

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11),70 the wife follows her husband in a second skiff, collecting lotus blossoms. In the fowling scenes she sometimes points out a likely target and may Fig. 11. ” To which he obligingly replies: “I’ll do so and get it for thee” (Fig. 71 This particular example from Meir is, to my knowledge, the only conversation between husband and wife that has been preserved from the period in question. ”72 His 14 Egyptian Women of the Old Kingdom Fig. 12. 2. 73 Here it is not the wife who speaks, but presumably a daughter.

155 The determinative of ¡n™t represents a seated woman who holds on her lap a sizable object of rectangular shape, steadying it with both hands. Her hair seems to be confined by a kerchief, the gathered ends of which project behind her head, or else is simply tied at the back. Another woman, who is again r∞t nswt, is overseer of a plurality of ¡n™wt; she is known from a small offering basin (Fig. 158 The lack of iconographic evidence would then be understandable, for human birth is not represented among the scenes of daily life that are displayed on the walls of tomb chapels.

Some exceptional cases Among the exceptional cases that are now to be considered, there are none so remarkable as that of a woman named Nebet. On a Sixth Dynasty stela from Abydos (Fig. 27)232 she is given the two highest titles of rank, followed by a combination of three titles designating her as vizier. ” Despite these lofty titles, and her position on the dominant left side of the stela, she is represented on a smaller scale than the man opposite her, who shares the offering formula and who is known, from other sources, to be her husband.

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