Happy Cows of Nebamun by Aakheperure

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Based on an illustration from the tomb chapel of nobleman Nebamun which shows scenes of all the good things in life that Nebamun hoped to enjoy in the hereafter as well. This image shows a young cow herder and his stock. I was rather taken by the smiling cattle and their beautiful eyes; each one painted as an individual with love and care. I thought the idea of owning happy animals in the afterlife was rather endearing. The tomb features many fine images on a white field with turquoise hieroglyphs which led me to explore using that colour for shadow glyphs.
I worked from a black and white image for this illustration so my use of colour is different to the original which is held in the British Museum.
This design available on selected products at my Zazzle store

Date: 2011
Media: China ink, shellac ink, Aquarelle on papyrus

Great are the Manifestations of Ra
Studying Egyptology: University of Manchester

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  • Donna Huntriss
    Donna Huntrissover 3 years ago

    I swear your work is awesome!!!

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Aakheperure

  • Alberto  DeJesus
    Alberto DeJesusabout 3 years ago

    The hues and texture are alluring!

  • Thanks Alberto, the papyrus did cockle a little, and some people might not like it, but I am fond of the lovely organic texture of papyrus with all its natural faults. It is a lovely medium to work on when you have the right tools.

    – Aakheperure

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