Relief from the mastaba of Werirenptah

From Saqqara, Egypt
5th Dynasty, around 2400 BC

In the early years of the twentieth century, museums in Europe and North America acquired a number of tomb-chapels of mastabas, which the Egyptian government had made available for sale. This example belonged to Werirenptah, a man who was a middle-ranking official, and who held the title of 'priest of Re and Hathor in the sun-temple of [King] Neferirkare'. Such priests were not those who carried out the daily rituals, but officials who had been favoured by the king by being allowed to receive some of the revenues from that temple.

The mastaba consists of a main wall with two false doors that serve as offering places. The false doors are accompanied by scenes of offering, butchers, and also dancing and music-making. Other walls show agricultural scenes and preparation of the funeral equipment.

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S.A. Gomez-Deluchi, The British Museum reliefs of (Oxford, 1996)

T.G.H. James (ed.), Hieroglyphic texts from Egyp-9, Part 1, 2nd edition (London, The British Museum Press, 1961)


Museum number

EA 718



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