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Tribute from expedition by Rameses II into Lower Nubia. A Nubian princess.
13th c BCE Egyptian Egyptian New Kingdom Painting

EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM Anonymous (c.1570 BCE - 1070 BCE) Primary
c. 1297 BCE-1213 BCE
13th c BCE
Egyptian New Kingdom
Temple. Beit-el-Wali. . Egypt.
London. British Museum.
Kush had a rich cultural tradition which had existed since the Neolithic period, and there had long been trade relations between the two countries. Objects from sub-Saharan Africa like gold, ivory, ebony and leopard skins were treasured by Egyptians and were often pictured on their tombs. The fresco on the top shows ebony chairs, ivory tusks, gold jewelry and even a brace of monkeys. These objects were given as tribute to the great Egyptian conqueror Rameses II, and were painted on the walls of a temple celebrating his victory over the Nubians. The lower fresco shows a royal procession with an African princess in a chariot pulled by bullocks, shielded by an umbrella, a symbol of the highest status., She is preceded by noble richly jeweled attendants carrying gold offerings. The exotic fresco was painted on the walls of the tomb of Houy, the Egyptian viceroy to Egypt.

Caption: EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM | Tribute from expedition by Rameses II into Lower Nubia. A Nubian princess. copy| | Egyptian | Egyptian New Kingdom
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