Fragment of Painting from Tomb of the Dancers

In this fragment painting from the Tomb of the Dancers, the girls are performing to the accompaniment of of clapping and finger-snapping, under the supervision of two male overseers. The occasion is perhaps a festival dance in honor of Hathor, goddess of music and dancing and also protector of the tombs of Western Thebes.

Fragment of Wall Painting from the Tomb of the Dancers
Fragment of Wall Painting from the Tomb of the Dancers

Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty, ca. 1630-1550 BC. Painted plaster. From Dra’ Abu el-Naga’. Now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. AN1958.145