A feast in ancient Egypt

A bigger picture

Paintings like those in the tomb-chapel of Nebamun contain a great deal of information about the lives and appearance of men and women of different classes. These objects show more ancient Egyptian women from different social groups, their roles and relationships and the activities they engaged in.

Drawing of a woman feeding her baby, and another woman looking in a mirror

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Statue of a husband and wife


Notice the conventional difference in skin tone and the wife’s embrace.

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Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, wearing elaborate coloured garments and carrying royal symbols

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Mummy portrait of a wealthy woman of the Roman period, wearing expensive clothes and jewellery

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Model of a female servant carrying a tray of meat and bread

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Will of a woman named Neskhonsu

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A feast in ancient Egypt