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Sebekhetepi, an ancient Egyptian

Sebekhetepi was buried at Beni Hasan in Middle Egypt and his tomb was excavated by John Garstang in the 1900s. None of Sebekhetepi's titles have been preserved, so it is not known what offices he held. There are similarities between Sebekhetepi and Gua (buried at Deir el-Bersha). Both lived during the Middle Kingdom (about 2040-1750 BC) and, like Gua, Sebekhetepi was the servant of a local governor. Both tombs consisted of an undecorated chamber, containing two coffins, at the base of a shaft. One of Sebekhetepi's coffins is of local wood but the other is cedar. The use of imported wood suggests, as with the cedar chest in Gua's funerary equipment, that the owner was of quite high status.

A pair of model sandals, made specifically for the tomb of Sebekhetepi and not designed to be worn, was placed on the lid of the inner coffin. Other elements of the funerary equipment included two boats, two models, one of which is of a granary, and a headrest. A large piece of linen, perhaps part of his household linen, was also found. The mummy has not survived.

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