Friday, July 9, 2010

Father and Son

Recent excavations at Saqqara have turned up the tombs of a father and son administrators of the Old Kingdom King Pepi II. The tombs which are in fact a tomb within a tomb, are those of Shendwa and his son Khonsu.

The tombs are described as intact though the coffin of Khonsu is not present and that of Shendwa has rotted away. Beautiful limestone vessels were found including jars and duck shaped boxes complete with the offerings bones still inside.

Both tombs have false doors with images of the owners looking like they were painted yesterday. There are also magical instruments including a Pesesh-kef tool for the opening of the mouth and dummy vessels.

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