By H. A. Groenewegen-Frankfort
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8 We see him in the so-called 'toilet scene' as if submitting to the treatment of servants,4 or being carried in a sedan chair,5 instead of standing or leaning on his staff. It is here that one might be tempted to argue-on the basis of early material-in favour of a 'scene of daily NIINLt'I1I1II('(' WUH 1 Flinders Petrie, Medum (London, 18(2), PIs. XXII and XXVII. , PIs. D. 24. It is interesting to note that in Giza II, 128 and 129, the 'giving of the list' (namely, of royal offerings) is mentioned, and also 'seeing the offerings which the royal palace has brought, 1000 young cattle, etc', but the cattle are not depicted and the list is only being held out, Only in Sixth Dynasty tombs, Blackman Meir IV, PI.
Ti, 110; Ptabhotep, Pis. XXV and XXVI. , pp. 115 sq. • It is striking that Hellmuth Miiller, loe. , only registers a number of exclamatory gestures which might be mistaken for commands. • Ti, 117, shows two men holding the ends of a rope of a fish net looking at the foreman who stands between them, In our PI. XIXb the men with pitchforks on either side of a heap of grain seem to be looking up with tilted heads at the men thatching the heap. XXII. 4H I 'hi' Old /""i;rlIII" lie-lUi 1IIl1ll'II hili'" (1'1.
Normally FIG. 8. Libyan Captives of Sahure a single robot gesture joins conceptually the figures of a family group. Those in Rahotcp's tomb come closest to being affectionate. Only once in the late Old Kingdom are the owner of a tomb (Mereruka) and his wife, who is playing a harp, depicted sitting opposite each other on a couch-a unique instance of something approaching an erotic scene (PI. XVIIIb). In fact, thc absence of such scenes merely confirms the general avoidance of dramatic situations and need not be ascribed to a hypothetical chastity of the Egyptians.
Arrest and Movement: Essay on Space and Time in the Representational Art of the Ancient Near East by H. A. Groenewegen-Frankfort