Discovered in 1964, the tomb of the manicurists Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep
from the Fifth Dynasty of Old Kingdom Egypt depicts the two men in intimate
poses usually reserved for husband and wife. Initial archaeologies suggest
ed the two men were close friends, but soon the idea of them as twins was b
eing advocated to explain their 'exaggerated affection'. This paper uses re
cent research on conjugal figuration during the pictorially innovative Four
th, Fifth and Sixth Dynasties and internal evidence from the tomb itself to
offer insight into the unique relationship between the two manicurists.