This fragment is part of an important ritual scene in Egyptian funerary beliefs, where the deceased and his family are shown hunting and fishing in the marshes on a small boat made of papyrus held together with three characteristic bands as shown in the present example. The man is represented in a larger scale, protecting his wife who, in turn, holds his leg to help him keep his balance. The complete scene is originally a mirrored composition; they are hunting waterfowl on the left half, and harpooning fish on the right.
Contrary to the numerous representations of real life activities found on wall decoration, this scene bears a heavy symbolic meaning and conveys multiple ideas. Fertile marshes were seen as a place of eroticism and rebirth. Both husband and wife are participating together in this physical activity, showing strength and support, but wearing their finest linen clothes, adornments and jewelry, which is unexpected for an outdoor activity, unless the purpose is seduction.
It is interesting to note that this representation would be part of the decoration of the chapel, the tomb’s upper level, accessible to family and priests to bring gifts and offerings. In expressing his wish to be reborn after death and live eternally, the unknown deceased also wanted his family to be remembered as healthy and united.