Tree of Life with Exotic Birds

Tomb of Khnumhotep II, Beni Hassan

Tree of Life with Exotic Birds

Reproduction of a tomb painting showing the Tree of Life, a potent symbol and icon in Egyptian mythology. The fruit of the tree was thought to provide eternal life and knowledge of the cycles of time.
This painting can be found in the tomb of provincial governor Khnumhotep II in at Beni Hasan and dates to 1900 BC. It is part of a much larger scene depicting Khnumhotep hunting in the marshes and netting birds.

Dynasty 12