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Wall 13, carrying funerary equipment

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The main surviving part of the wall consists of a procession of seven men carrying funerary goods, all facing right. They all have black wigs and wear short kilts (where preserved). The following description begins at the right of the procession.

The first man carries a white table on his shoulders. On the table are three jars, the middle one being a white sealed vessel, and the others two yellow sealed spouted jars. The man holds the table with his right hand which appears in front of his face, and the brace of the table rests on his shoulder; his other hand is lost, as is his figure from the shoulders down. The second man holds another table in the same manner; his left hand is before him clasping a yellow staff with a round bulbous top. His figure is lost from just above the knees. On his table are three jars: a yellow sealed jar in the middle, with white jars on either side, that on the left with a spout and that on the right without.

Two men carry a long white box, around the outsides of which originally ran three black bands, now faded to a pink colour. Their right hands are shown on the top of this long box; the left hand of the first man is shown on the end of the box while that of the second man is underneath it. The first man is preserved from the knees up, and the second from the waist. The contents of the box are, as usual, shown above it. At the right is a yellow collar with white ties at the back. The collar is divided into five bands, the outermost of which has a simple petal pattern outlined in red. A similarly shaped but polychrome collar is shown to the left. The ends of the necklace to which the ties are attached is the same yellow colour as the one to the right; the rest is made up of at least four coloured bands, the outer of which is made up of blue petals. The inner bands are blue, green, and red, with small amounts of white space between them; there are traces of another blue band inside the red as well. On the left end of the box are two inlaid bracelets or anklets, composed of three vertical bands of blue, green, and blue, separated by thin white bands. Above these is a red snake head amulet with a white cord for suspension. This object presumably represents a carnelian or jasper amulet.

The next two men carry another chest, the body colour of which is pink with a thick red band around the outside. Only the tops of their heads are preserved, and their hands appear to be in the same positions as the previous men. The contents consist of, from the right: two axes, with white heads and pink curving handles; two pairs of sandals, the upper white and overlapping each other, the lower yellow and not overlapping; two further bracelets or anklets. Above the latter is an item shaped like a slightly curving tube, blue in the middle and with yellow ends, from each end of which curves out a short white cord. This is perhaps a large bead-shaped amulet, the originals of which sometimes bear names. On the left end of the box are two yellow (meaning gold) falcons on red divine perches, representing the linen stored in the box.

At the very left end of the surviving decoration is the head and right hand of a man carrying a box; the box is the same as the first one described above. All that is visible on it is part of the first item, a container or bag, lower part red, upper yellow, with white and yellow bands around the neck.

© Nigel Strudwick 1997-2014