Detail View: Archivision Base to Module 9: Painted stele of the 'Artisan of the Royal Tombs', Irynefer and his family

Preferred Title: 
Painted stele of the 'Artisan of the Royal Tombs', Irynefer and his family
Alternate Title: 
Stela from the Tomb of Irynefer
Image View: 
Middle register, Irynefer censing before his parents and brothers, including his father Siwadjyt, shown with white hair
unknown (Egyptian (ancient))
repository: Musée du Louvre (Paris, Île-de-France, France) C311
Location Note: 
(GPS for Louvre)
ca. 1300-1250 BCE (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Egyptian (ancient)
Style Period: 
New Kingdom (Egyptian); Nineteenth Dynasty; Ramesside period
Work Type 1: 
relief (sculpture)
paint on sandstone
carving (processes); painting and painting techniques
The stele comes from the tomb chapel of Irynefer's tomb number 290 (TT290). The entrance to the tomb was identified by Bernard Bruyère during the season of 1922-1923 at Deir el-Medina. The tomb lies at the far end of the Western cemetery and shares the forecourt with the earlier tomb of Nu and Nakht-Min (TT 291). The vaulted burial chamber is covered with wall paintings. The tomb owner was Irynefer, a necropolis workman of the Ramesside Period. He lived in the village in the 19th dynasty during the early part of the reign of Ramesses II. His title was the ""Servant in the Place of Truth"". ""As a contrast to the wall painting in Irynefer's tomb, where both Irynefer and his wife are wearing white wigs, this stele shows Irynefer's father Siwadjyt as white-haired. Old age is indicated by these two examples, the instances of which are not very numerous. All seem to come from new Kingdom, especially from the tombs of Deir el-Medina."" (Janssen, 2007, pp.159-161). (Source: Louvre Museum [website];
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