Life-sized Egyptian Tomb Wall in Ophelia Parrish!

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Dr. Sara Orel's Egyptian Art class set up a full-scale reproduction of a painted wall of an Egyptian Middle Kingdom tomb in the atrium of the art wing of Ophelia Parrish Hall.  The scenes show Khnumhotep, a provincial governor of Beni Hasan about 4000 years ago, accepting offerings for the afterlife from his family and servants and hunting animals in the desert.  One of the most famous scenes from his tomb shows foreigners (probably from the area of modern Israel and Palestine) wrapped in elaborately-patterned woolen clothes, a scene that is often reproduced to illustrate the biblical story of Joseph and his family settling in Egypt.  The scene was painted in the original colours by some of the students in the class to illustrate the bright hues of the original tomb.  Laura Wellington, of Fine Arts Publications, expanded the original 1893 line drawing (from Percy E. Newberry's Beni Hasan I, London) to the original size, approximately 33 feet long and 14 feet tall. 

Students marya and devin set up wall 
Students setting up lowest frieze 
Students danielle and marya set up tomb wall