Senenmut taking Queen Hatshepsut from behind, Deir el Bahri
This naughty little drawing might have merited the extreme displeasure of Hatshepsut had she seen it. But when was this pornographic cartoon made? Could it have been at the time of her successor, Thuthmose III? Or was it truly from the time of Hatshepsut with rumors rampant about her favored vizier, architect and tutor for her daughter Neferure? At any rate, it is pretty graphic and unsanctioned paving the way for my comments and images of Greek and Roman graffiti of phalluses and comments about women.
Some graffiti historians believe that markings making a statement, message or sign can trace their origin to prehistoric times, up to 30,000 BCE. However, this is likely a stretch of the imagination when we don't even know that much about the motives of the mark makers in a period when there was no writing. Scratchings and incised lines on cave and rock shelter walls along with red ochre, manganese and chalk images are probably not meant as propaganda; they may have had some spiritual meaning in the way that a shaman would represent a :vision quest" of some sort. Circa 3000 BCE in some parts of the world - writing started with pictographs and then around 1900-1700 BCE actual writing can be deciphered. More often, images such as the one above confer the idea of poking fun of a situation or person. They aren't dated which makes it difficult to assess. However, one can imagine a rebellious teenage Egyptian boy marking up the temple of the Pharaoh Seti I with his crude dra…
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