The baker Djehuty

This double seated statue of an 18th Dynasty baker and his wife Ahhotep is made of limestone. The couple’s children appear upon the sides of their seat. Remnants of paint remain upon the figures of both Djehuty and Ahhotep. They are wearing their finest linens, Djehuty wears a wrap around shendyt that is pulled up under his bust, and goes down to his ankles. Ahhotep wears a plaited wig parted in the centre, whereas Djehuty seems to be wearing a cap. The feet are missing, so we cannot see if the pair are wearing sandals.

The baker Djehuty
Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 5 5/16 in. (22.5 x 15.8 x 13.5 cm)
Walters Art Museum. 22.164

Bread was a staple of the Ancient Egyptian diet for all classes. The bread would be large and circular, or often created with elaborate designs and cooked in an outdoor clay oven. Something Egyptians can still be seen using to this very day. It is proposed that the combination of heat from top and bottom baked the bread in just over an hour and a half.
In fact, an Ancient Egyptian traditional way of heating food items was by using ceramic vessels placed within hot ash. This is a practice that still goes on today in modern Egypt; take a walk down a Cairo souq and the traditional coffee will often still be heated within hot ash.

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The baker Djehuty and his wife Ahhotep
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c. 1500-1450 B.C.
From Thebes. Now at the Walters Art Museum. 22.164