with the last man carrying a standard which has two wrestlers on it. The sticks that the first four Nubians brandished were used in a dueling competition. Depictions of stick fighting and wrestling competitions often appear together, implying that the same people participated in both events.
While it is known that the Egyptians recruited Nubian archers into their army, perhaps this picture implies that Nubian wrestlers were also highly esteemed by the Egyptians.
Detail of a wall painting from the Tomb of Tjanuny
(TT74), Royal Scribe, and Commander of Soldiers during the
reign of Thutmose III. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1479-1425 BC. Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, West Thebes.
The forecourt of Horemheb’s Memphite tomb at Saqqara
New Kingdom, Late 18th Dynasty, ca. 1319-1292 BC.
The tomb from the time in which he was not yet Pharaoh Horemheb was discovered a first time in the 19th century, then it disappeared again under the sands. It was rediscovered in 1975 by Geoffrey Martin and his team who cleared the monument in four seasons of excavation.
Because of his unexpected rise to the throne, Horemheb had two tombs constructed for himself: the first – when he was a mere nobleman – at Saqqara near Memphis, and the other in the Valley of the Kings, West Thebes, in tomb KV57 as king.
from the decoration on the golden throne, in wood, gold leaf, silver, glass gems and precious stones, discovered in the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62) whose name is here given as Tutankhaten – a relic from the time before the worship of Amun was restored and the king changed his name. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vannini
Finger-ring of gold, incised on the top with the name of Queen Neferneferuaten Nefertiti, from Tell el-Amarna, probably the Royal Tomb. Amarna Period, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the National Museums Scotland.
Close up of a statue depicting the face of Amenhotep IV (“Akhenaten”). Amarna Period, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vannini