Bending the rules.
In the West Bank tomb of Rekhmire in Luxor, a large painting in several registers shows his elaborate funeral banquet.
This detail has the famous scene of a servant girl who is shown with her back to us in a three-quarter view that is unique in Egyptian art.
Egyptian art was designed to display each part of the body as fully as possible. To do this they pictured different features from different points of view – either frontal or in profile.
This servant girl, however, is show in three-quarter view with her back turned towards us - the only known instance of this aspect in ancient Egyptian art.
Rekhmire was an 18th Dynasty vizier of Southern Egypt, Mayor of Thebes and Steward of the Amun Temple at Karnak during the reigns of Thutmose III and Amenhotep II. His tomb (TT 100) is located in the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna necropolis on the West Bank at Luxor and is one of the so-called "Tombs of the Nobles".
This etching was made by Ernst Weidenbach during Richard Lepsius' expedition of Egypt, 1842-45.