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Art and life in ancient Egypt
Art and life in ancient Egypt

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3.3 Summary

These fragments show scenes of outdoor working life, the role of Nebamun in society and the source of his wealth. There is a hierarchy of importance: Nebamun, the scribes and the farmers, that is shown by size and by the way they are painted. The more important characters are shown in formal poses and they wear more clothes. The outdoor scenes contrast with the lavish images of the banquet and show the ordinary side of daily life whilst continuing to reinforce the status of Nebamun, and by extension of the Egyptian elite as a whole.