Cutting of the hair of the soldiers

These count among the most famous and rare of the Egyptian paintings, and show an activity which is commonplace in all the armies of the world: the cutting of the hair of the soldiers. Here, the artist gives us an example of his talent, whilst representing the men as live and natural, and with a certain sense of humour.
Two barbers exercise their craft and shave the heads of two recruits who lean forwards.

These are among the most famous and valuable Egyptian paintings, depicting an activity that is widespread in all militaries around the world: soldiers’ hair clipping. Here, the artist demonstrates his skill by portraying the males as alive and natural, as well as with a sense of fun.
Two barbers practise their trade by shaving the heads of two forward-leaning recruits.
The other recruits are patiently awaiting their turn. All of the men are seated, some on the floor and others on fixed or folding stools (nevertheless, in principle they are considered as chairs of nobles). Two men slumber under the huge tree, while two others share a folding stool to their right.

Object Details

Cutting of the hair of the soldiers

New Kingdom

Dynasty 18, Reigns of Amenhotep II

1427 to 1401 BC

Egypt, Luxor, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna

Tomb of Userhat, TT56