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Please note the following:

  • Most main themes have the subthemes Va (Various) and ? (Unknown). Subthemes which can be recognised but do not fall within the existing categories will be found in Va (Various). All unrecognisable subthemes are placed in the category ? (Unknown) of the main theme they belong to. If this main theme cannot be recognised then these scenes fall under the main theme EX.
  • Ka-servants are grouped together with “Servants without attributes” (= OF/S).
  • The manufacture of seals belongs to the category VA/Ma (Various/Market scenes)

You can choose the following overviews:


Code Main theme
A General
AG Agriculture; grain and flax
AL Agriculture; land preparation and horticulture
EX Extra categorical
FI Fishing
FO Fowling
FU Funeral
GA Games / Music
HU Hunting
KI Kitchen scenes
MA Marsh scenes
OF Offerings
SH Ships
SL Slaughtering
ST Stock / cattle-breeding
TR Trades
VA Various


Overview of subthemes per main theme

A General
A> Owner (looking right), incl. family members
<A Owner (looking left), incl. family members
A Owner (orientation unknown), incl. family members

EX Extra categorical
FD False door
FM Family members
OF Offeringlist
T Text
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

AG Agriculture; grain and flax
Hfl Flax harvest
Hg Grain harvest
M Measuring of grain etc.
P Putting papyrus flower on grain pile
Ps Piling sheaves
S Storage of grain and other products
Sc Scribes administrating
Tc Threshing by cattle
Td Threshing by donkeys
Tr Transportation by donkey (to / from threshing)
Ts Threshing by sheep/goats
W Winnowing etc. of grain
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

AL Agriculture; land preparation and horticulture
H Horticulture
Hf Fig harvest
Hg Grape harvest
Ht Tree-fruits harvest
Lh Land preparation with hoe
Lp Land preparation with plough
Sc Scribes administrating
Si Silo
So Sowers (with bags)
St Sheep covering / treading seed
W Wine-growing / Viticulture
Wa Wine-growing / Viticulture + (rendering of) accounts
Wb Wine-growing, beating a rhythm
Wf Filling wine-jars
Wp Pressing wine
Ws Sealing wine casks
Wt Treading wine
Wtg Wine, transport of grapes
? Unknown

FI Fishing
B Fishing with basket
D Fishing with dragnet (/seine)
F Fishing with fyke
Fn Fishing with fyke-net
H Fishing with hand net / landing net
L Fishing with line with fishhooks
Pr Fish processing
Sc Scribes administrating
Tr Fish transportation
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

FO Fowling
A Aviary / bird house
Bc Caging birds
Bs Scaring birds
Bt Transporting birds in cages
Cf Care / feeding
Fw Folding wings
H Hexagonal net (= Clapnet)
Hn Hand net (for quails)
Mn Manufacture of bird-nets
Sc Scribes administrating
St Spring trap
T Tree-net
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

FU Funeral
Cs Cult of statue
D Funeral dance
Ds Dragging statues
Ft Funeral at tomb
O Opening of the Mouth
P Pilgrimage by boat ("Saisfahrt")
T Tomb
Vp Funeral voyage (/crossing) and/or procession
Va Various (Rest, remainder)

GA Games / Music
B Board games
Bb Boys with birds
C Children’s games
D Dancing
E Eating and drinking
M Musical group / orchestra, incl. singing
S Singing

HU Hunting
D Desert Hunt
H Hippopotamus Hunt
L Lasso
? Unknown

KI Kitchen scenes
Ba Baking bread
Br Brewing beer
C Carving meat
Cp Cooking in pots
Fp Food preparation, various kinds
G Grinding flour
Mg Measuring of grain for baking of bread
Pb Plucking birds
R Roasting on the spit
Sc Scribes administrating
? Unknown

MA Marsh scenes
A Attendants
B Birds
Fp Fabrication of objects out of papyrus
Hl Lotus harvest / gathering
Hp Papyrus harvest (never done by the owner; often adjacent to MA/Os or MA/Ot, compare MA/Opp)
O? Owner in Marshes (unknown which subtheme: Op, Opp, Os or Ot)
Op Owner in Marshes: journey on papyrus boat
Opp Owner in Marshes: Pulling papyrus (= zSS wAD, never adjacent to MA/Os or MA/Ot, compare MA/Hp)
Os Owner in Marshes: Fishing with spear
Ot Owner in Marshes: Fowling with throwstick
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

OF Offerings
E Estates
F Furniture
G Garments / linen
M Milk jars
O Offerings on display
Ob Offering bearers, incl. ka-servants and attendants with attributes
Obb Offering bearers on boats
Ov Offerings, vessels
Pb Presentation of birds
Pf Presentation of fish
Pi Presentation of incense
Pj Presentation of jewellery
Pl Presentation of lotus
Pm Presentation of pieces of meat
Pra Procession of domestic animals
Prb Procession of birds
Prc Procession of domestic cattle
Prd Procession of desert cattle
Pt Presentation of tree-fruits
Pv Presentation of vessels
S Servants without attributes (incl. ka-servants)
Sc Scribes administrating
Sr Sacrificial ritual
St Storage of tree-fruits
Vs Vessels on sledge
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

SH Ships
Es Escort
Fb Jousting scene / Fighting boatmen
Ft Felling trees
O Oilships
Pb Papyrus boat building
Ps Papyrus skiffs
T Transport ships
Wb Wooden boat building
Wr Wooden rowing boats
Ws Wooden sailing boats
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

SL Slaughtering
C Domestic cattle
D Desert animals / cattle
Sg Skinning of goat
St Slaughtering while hanging from tree
? Unknown

ST Stock / cattle-breeding
Bc Birth of domestic cattle
C Copulating
Cc Care of domestic cattle
Ccr Cattle-crossing (waterways)
Cd Care of desert cattle
Gb Goat giving birth
Gg Grazing goat
Gt Goat browsing in trees
H Herd
M Milking
S Shepherds meal
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

TR Trades
C Carpentry
Fr Fabrication of ropes
L Leather-working
Li Linen working / manufacturing
M Metal working
Mb Manufacturing bed
Mj Manufacturing jewellery
Ms Manufacturing statues
Msa Manufacturing sarcophagus
Mst Manufacturing sticks
Mv Manufacturing stone vessels
O Ointment / Oil preparation
P Pottery
Rw Rewarding weavers
Sc Scribes administrating
Va Various (Rest, remainder)
? Unknown

VA Various
A Attendants
B Bed making
M Medical scenes
Ma Market scenes
MB Monkeys / Birds
Mm/d Monkey + man/dwarf
Mp Manicure / pedicure
P Palanquin scene
Ps Painting (personified) seasons
S Siege scene
Sb> Sunblind (with owner looking right, excluding depictions of the owner in a palanquin)
<Sb Sunblind (with owner looking left, excluding depictions of the owner in a palanquin)
Sc Scribes administrating
Scb Scribes, bastonnade
Tm Transportation of offering cabinets (mrt)
? Unknown


Alphabetical list of subtheme abbreviations

Subtheme Main Theme Description
  <A Owner (looking left), incl. family members
  A Owner (orientation unknown), incl. family members
  A> Owner (looking right), incl. family members
A FO Aviary / birdhouse
A MA Attendants
A VA Attendants
B FI Fishing with basket
B GA Board games
B MA Birds
B VA Bed making
Ba KI Baking bread
Bb GA Boys with birds
Bc FO Caging birds
Bc ST Birth of domestic cattle
Br KI Brewing beer
Bs FO Scaring birds
Bt FO Transporting birds in cages
C GA Children's games
C KI Carving meat
C SL Domestic cattle
C ST Copulating
C TR Carpentry
Cc ST Care of domestic cattle
Ccr ST Cattle-crossing (waterways)
Cd ST Care of desert cattle
Cf FO Care / feeding
Cp KI Cooking in pots
Cs FU Cult of statue
D FI Fishing with dragnet (/seine)
D FU Funeral dance
D GA Dancing
D HU Desert hunt
D SL Desert animals / cattle
Ds FU Dragging statues
E GA Eating and drinking
E OF Estates
Es SH Escort
F FI Fishing with fyke
F OF Furniture
Fb SH Jousting scene / Fighting boatmen
FD EX False door
FM EX Family members
Fn FI Fishing with fyke-net
Fp KI Foodpreparation, various kinds
Fp MA Fabrication of objects out of papyrus
Fr TR Fabrication of ropes
Ft FU Funeral at tomb
Ft SH Felling trees
Fw FO Folding wings
G KI Grinding flour
G OF Garments / linen
Gb ST Goat giving birth
Gg ST Grazing goat
Gt ST Goat browsing in trees
H AL Horticulture
H FI Fishing with hand net / landing net
H FO Hexagonal net (= Clapnet)
H HU Hippopotamus hunt
H ST Herd
Hf AL Fig harvest
Hfl AG Flax harvest
Hg AG Grain harvest
Hg AL Grape harvest
Hl MA Lotus harvest / gathering
Hn FO Hand net (for quails)
Hp MA Papyrus harvest (never done by owner; compare MA/Opp; often adjacent to MA/Os or MA/Ot, compare MA/Opp)
Ht AL Tree-fruits harvest
L FI Fishing with line with fishhooks
L HU Lasso
L TR Leather-working
Lh AL Land preparation with hoe
Li TR Linen working / manufacturing
Lp AL Land preparation with plough
M AG Measuring of grain etc.
M GA Musical group / orchestra, incl. singing
M OF Milk jars
M ST Milking
M TR Metal working
M VA Medical scenes
Ma VA Market scenes
Mb TR Manufacturing bed
MB VA Monkeys / Birds
Mg KI Measuring of grain for baking of bread
Mj TR Manufacturing jewellery
Mm/d VA Monkey + man/dwarf
Mn FO Manufacture of bird-nets
Mp VA Manicure / pedicure
Ms TR Manufacturing statues
Msa TR Manufacturing sarcophagus
Mst TR Manufacturing sticks
Mv TR Manufacturing stone vessels
O FU Opening of the mouth
O OF Offerings on display
O SH Oilships
O TR Ointment / Oil preparation
O? MA Owner in Marshes (unknown which subtheme: Op, Opp, Os or Ot)
Ob OF Offering bearers, incl. ka-servants and attendants with attributes
Obb OF Offering bearers on boats
OF EX Offeringlist
Op MA Owner in Marshes: journey on papyrus boat
Opp MA Owner in Marshes: Pulling papyrus (= zSS wAD; never adjacent to MA/Os or MA/Ot, compare MA/Hp)
Os MA Owner in Marshes: Fishing with spear
Ot MA Owner in Marshes: Fowling with throwstick
Ov OF Offerings, vessels
P AG Putting papyrus flower on grain pile
P FU Pilgrimage by boat ("Saisfahrt")
P TR Pottery
P VA Palanquin scene
Pb KI Plucking birds
Pb OF Presentation of birds
Pb SH Papyrus boat building
Pf OF Presentation of fish
Pi OF Presentation of incense
Pj OF Presentation of jewellery
Pl OF Presentation of lotus
Pm OF Presentation of pieces of meat
Pr FI Fish processing
Pra OF Procession of domestic animals
Prb OF Procession of birds
Prc OF Procession of domestic cattle
Prd OF Procession of desert cattle
Ps AG Piling sheaves
Ps SH Papyrus skiffs
Ps VA Painting (personified) seasons
Pt OF Presentation of tree-fruits
Pv OF Presentation of vessels
R KI Roasting on the spit
Rw TR Rewarding weavers
S AG Storage of grain and other products
S GA Singing
S OF Servants without attributes (incl. ka-servants)
S ST Shepherds meal
S VA Siege scene
Sb> VA Sunblind (with owner looking right, excluding depictions of the owner in a palanquin)
<Sb VA Sunblind (with owner looking left, excluding depictions of the owner in a palanquin)
Sc AG Scribes administrating
Sc AL Scribes administrating
Sc FI Scribes administrating
Sc FO Scribes administrating
Sc KI Scribes administrating
Sc OF Scribes
Sc TR Scribes administrating
Sc VA Scribes administrating
Scb VA Scribes, bastonnade
Sg SL Skinning of goat
Si AL Silo
So AL Sowers (with bags)
Sr OF Sacrificial ritual
St AL Sheep covering / treading seed
St FO Spring trap
St OF Storage of tree-fruits
St SL Slaughtering while hanging from tree
T EX Text
T FO Tree-net
T FU Tomb
T SH Transport ships
Tc AG Threshing by cattle
Td AG Threshing by donkeys
Tm VA Transportation of offering cabinets (mrt)
Tr AG Transportation by donkey (to / from threshing)
Tr FI Fish transportation
Ts AG Threshing by sheep/goats
Va All main
themes
Various (Rest, remainder)
Vp FU Funeral voyage (/crossing) and/or procession
Vs OF Vessels on sledge
W AG Winnowing etc. of grain
W AL Wine-growing / Viticulture
Wa AL Wine-growing / Viticulture + (rendering of) accounts
Wb AL Wine-growing, beating a rhythm
Wb SH Wooden boat building
Wf AL Filling wine-jars
Wp AL Pressing wine
Wr SH Wooden rowing boats
Ws SH Wooden sailing boats
Wt AL Treading wine
Wtg AL Wine, transport of grapes
Va All main
themes
Various (Rest, remainder)
? All main
themes
Unknown

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