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Medum: Painted panels from tomb of Atet

Painted relief panels from the facade of the tomb of Atet in Medum (Petrie 1892)

These painted and incised panels are from the facade of the 4th Dynasty tomb of Atet, the wife of  Nefermaat I.  Petrie (1892) reported that the tomb was more intact when first investigated by Mariette in 1871, but by 1882 had been partly destroyed.

The fragmentary panel at top (a) shows a cowherd with cattle, and below that three boatbuilders.  Panel (b) shows Atet standing between two of her sons.

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