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Art and life in ancient Egypt
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3.1 Exploration

Now that you have had some practice in looking at Egyptian paintings, we can try and look more holistically at this decorative scheme.

Watch this video in which Richard Parkinson and Paul Wood talk about the ‘Viewing the produce of the estates’ and ‘The banquet’ fragments.

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Now look at two more pieces also showing scenes of agricultural work.

One of these is a small fragment from what would have been a much larger scene depicting different parts of the centrally important activity of harvesting grain (Figure 14).

Agricultural scene fragment
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Figure 14 Agricultural scene fragment (EA 37982)
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The second piece is another ‘agricultural’ fragment, perhaps one of the most captivating of all. Egyptologists have not been able positively to identify a location for this scene, but it is not hard to see why D’Athanasi would have removed it, given its intrinsic charm (Figure 15).

Offering bringers fragment
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Figure 15 Offering bringers fragment (EA 37980)
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