Wall Painting: Ancient Egyptian Foods

Wall Painting: Ancient Egyptian Foods

Ancient Egyptian Wall Painting of Food

Ancient Egyptian Wall Painting of Food

license: public domain
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: The Yorck Project

A photograph frames an ancient Egyptian wall painting. The painting depicts many kinds of food, from ducks, eggs, and fish to what appears to be figs and grapes. These dishes are held in a variety of baskets, bowls, and platters.


Artifact: 15th century BC

Photo: May 2005


This ancient Egyptian wall painting displays some of the kinds of foods eaten in Egypt 3,500 years ago. Poultry, eggs, and fish are complimented with fruits below. To the bottom left of the image there are a few beakers, which could contain oil (such as olive or sesame), wine, or beer.

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