’Papyrus swamp in Menna's tomb at Luxor.’
This papyrus swamp is part of a hunting scene in the tomb of Menna. Ducks and other birds are nesting in the swamp and at least five nests with eggs are depicted. The latter are about to be plundered by a striped cat and a rodent. The fowl are hunted with throwing sticks, five of which are depicted among the startled birds. Menna was an 18th dynasty inspector of estates and overseer of harvests. His tomb (TT 69) can be found in the Sheikh Abd el Qurnah Necropolis on the Westbank at Luxor. It is one of the socalled "Tombs of the Nobles" and dates to the end of the reign of Thutmosis IV and the beginning of the reign of Amenhotep III. Photo Mick Palarczyk and Paul Smit.