Wit and Humour in Ancient Egypt
Rubicon, 2001 - 170 pages
The ancient Egyptians: they had pyramids, they had temples, they had tombs, they also had a sense of humour! Just like humans the world over, people in ancient Egypt delighted in a good laugh. This lighter side of pharaonic life has, in the past, been frequently overlooked. It is not widely known among the educated public, for example, that Egyptian artisans occasionally introduced touches of comic relief into tomb chapel decoration of the elite, in both picture and word. A glimpse into their humorous side is also readily apparent from drawings on numerous limestone ostraca and several papyri, many featuring the amusing antics of various birds and beasts, who were often engaged in human activities. In surveying the subject of wit and humour, this work examines what was considered funny in ancient Egypt.
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Humorous Drawings on Papyri and Ostraca
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Agyptische Museum amusing ancient Egypt ancient Egyptians animal baboon beasts British Museum Brunner-Traut 1979 Brunner-Traut 1984a Cairo chariot comic decoration Deir el Bahri Deir el Medina depicting Drawing by Patrick Dynasty XIX Egypt Exploration Society episode erotic Figured limestone ostracon figured ostraca Fischer flake fragmentary Francais d'Archeologie Orientale goddess Guglielmi 1992 Horus Houlihan human humour illustrating Institut Francais d'Archeologie joke King Lichtheim 1976 Madamud Manniche Medelhavsmuseet Meltzer Metropolitan Museum mice Middle Kingdom monkey mortuary temple motif mouse Musee du Louvre Museo Egizio Museum of Art Nile Omlin painted limestone painted relief papyri and figured Parkinson 1991 parody Partially restored drawing Patrick F Peck and Ross pharaoh Photograph courtesy portraying Pritchard 1955 Probably from Deir Queen Ramesses Ramesside Period Reproduced from Brunner-Traut royal Saqqara satirical papyrus satirical-erotic papyrus scene Senenmut Seth sexual sketch Theban necropolis Thebes tomb tomb-chapel tomb-owner Turin Museum vignette wall-painting Walle woman Wreszinski 1923