Thursday, March 19, 2015

HARPERS OF RAMESSES III (Thebes-20th Dynasty)

The two blind musicians are playing intricately decorated harps for a group of gods. The harps' base is adorned with a likeness of the king with an elaborate collar and a blue-lotus flower. This painting is from the tomb of Ramesses III, uncovered in 1769 by the Scottish traveler James Bruce; the tomb became known as the Harpers' Tomb because of this unique image.

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