Same-sex desire, conjugal construct, and the tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep (Ancient Egyptian art)

Authors
Citation
G. Reeder, Same-sex desire, conjugal construct, and the tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep (Ancient Egyptian art), WORLD ARCHA, 32(2), 2000, pp. 193-208
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
193 - 208
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200010)32:2<193:SDCCAT>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
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.