Athena Review Image Archive  

Saqqara: Tomb of Hesy-ra, wall paintings

Wall paintings from tombof Hesy-ra: a) large hieroglyphs with animal motifs. b) painting of crocodile (Quibell 1914 pl.24).

Like all tombs at Saqqara, that of Hesy-ra had been extensively looted in antiquity.Part of the substructure had been burned, and most remaining artifacts were in fragments. Extensive wall paintings were preserved, however. Many of these were of abstract or organic motifs, but fragments of figurative wall paintings such as shown here also survived.

Quibell and his wife made extensive drawings of the paintings, such as shown in the large the hieroglyphic fragments in (a). The crocodile image in (b) is from a photograph; this painting was removed to the Cairo National Museum.

Athena Review Image Archive™     back issues 

Main index of Athena Review  

Copyright  ©  1996-2016    Athena Publications, Inc.  (All Rights Reserved).

Copyright  ©  2017 Rust Family Foundation