'Weighing gold and silver in Rekhmire's tomb at Luxor.'
A mural in the tomb of Rekhmire shows several scenes representing the types of labor carried out by craftsmen who worked for the Amon Temple in Karnak. Here we see the weighing and recording of gold and silver (in the form of rings) collected as taxes. The weights have been given the form of a bull's head and a hippo. The top of the balance is decorated with the head of the Goddess of Truth, Maat, to ensure honesty and accuracy.
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.