The Marsh Water

The life is abundant in the marsh water at the bottom of the landscape. Perch, mullet, and tilapia are among the fish that swim among the leaves and lotus flowers that float on the water. Some birds can also be found here, looking for food. There’s even a crocodile with its jaws open, preparing to eat a fish. The water is depicted as rising into a bulge, protruding from the core area (which is also typical of this scene in other tombs). The two wonderfully depicted fish speared by Menna from the ship on the right are included in this bulge. As is customary, these fish are depicted standing erect.

Object Details

The Marsh Water

New Kingdom

Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III

1386 to 1349 B.C.

Egypt, Luxor, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, part of the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile

Tomb of Menna, TT69