'Garden in Rekhmire's tomb at Luxor.'
This garden, painted on one of the walls of Rekhmire's tomb, has a central pool on which a boat with the statue of Rekhmire is towed by two groups of three men, probably as part of the funeral rites. It is also possible that the scene takes place during the yearly Beautiful Festival of The Valley, during which relatives take the cult statue of the deceased from his tomb so that it can take part in outdoor activities. It is not clear whether the building on the left is his home or his tomb.
The outer rim of the garden and banks of the pond are planted with sycomore figs. The zone in between is planted with date and dom palms.
Rekhmire was an 18th dynasty vizier (viceroy) of Southern Egypt, mayor of Thebes and steward of the Amon Temple at Karnak during the reigns of Thutmosis III and Amenhotep II. His tomb (TT 100) is located in the Sheikh Abd el Qurnah Necropolis on the Westbank at Luxor and is one of the socalled "Tombs of the Nobles". Photo Mick Palarczyk and Paul Smit.