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The painting were discovered and removed in 1820 by Giovanni d'Athanasi and sold to the British Museum with a few smaller fragments going to other European Museums. It's thought that it was somewhere in the Dra Abu el-Naga area on the West Bank at Thebes. Nebamun himself was an accountant in charge of grain at the Temple of Karnak sometime around 1350 BC.
Originally posted by lunarminer
reply to post by Techsnow
The cat with the knife is an example of animism, giving non-human objects, human characteristics. The Egyptians were very involved with their animism. It's not just a pretty picture, the characters are gods. The snake is most likely Apophis and the cat is most likely Re.
Apophis is one of the gods of the underworld and in this case would represent death.
Re is the sun-god and giver of life. This picture represents Re's triumph over death. A very optimistic view.
Of course it could just be proof that cat's hunted snakes with knives in ancient Egypt.