The restoration and display of the oldest-known mural painting from a Predynastic tomb (Tomb 100), from the site of Hierakonpolis

The mural will go on display just beyond the entrance to the museum, in the southern wing of the ground floor, room 43, with other Pre- and Early Dynastic objects.

Tomb 100 was discovered by the English Egyptologist Frederick W. Green in 1898, and the painting was later moved to the Egyptian Museum. This painted tomb represents the earliest known representation of motifs of power, including the famous ‘smiting-scene’ that was to become synonymous with the Pharaoh’s power over his defeated enemies.

This project is supported by the National Museum of Antiquities (Leiden) in cooperation with the British Museum (London). Restoration and cleaning were conducted by a restorer from the British Museum, in cooperation with a conservator from the Egyptian Museum’s Conservation Department.