Agriculture

From the Tomb of Nakht and his wife Tawy

THE TRANSVERSE CHAMBER – East Wall

 

The East Wall

 

Lower register

The major activity is that of ploughing, where the two farmers direct their ploughs towards each other. 

Ploughing

Here, the farmer stands erect and he seems youthful. Behind him is a naked youth who spreads the seed into the furrows. 

To the left, two men pound the ground with mallets, while another scatters seeds. 

Ploughing

The ploughman on the right is bent over his plough and looks quite old, with his grey hair and half bald head. 

Upper registers

gathering and measuring

Harvesting

The scene is divided into three parts. In the right scene, the harvesters hold a sickle and harvest wheat. In the central scene, two men are trying to close the top of a container. At the left edge, two girls harvest flax. Notice the whiteness of their dresses, both fairly close fitting. 

winnowing grain

Winnowing scene: the workers toss the grain into the air using scoops to remove the chaff. 

 

measuring

Two men gather and measure the grain, and an official watches over them. 

 

Author unknown, The tomb of Nakht and his wife Tawy , THE TRANSVERSE CHAMBER - East Wall

Original language:

Time of action: 14 century BCE

Reliability: Direct witness

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