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in this wall leads to the Serdab (A 7), in which a painted statue of Mere¬
ruka was found. S. Wall. To the left, cattle, goats, etc., are being driven
before the deceased, while scribes note down the numbers; to the right,
peaeant-women, representing villages the names of which are inscribed,
bringing gifts. N. Wall. To the left, the slaughtering of cattle, to the
right, Mereruka inspecting his fishermen.
Booms makked B. — B 1. N. & S. Walls. The wife of Mereruka, a
princess, receiving various gifts from her attendants. W. Wall. Mereruka's
wife, son, and daughter; four servants bearing a litter adorned with lions;
to the left, fishing scene; above, capture of wild bulls.—B2. Staircase.—
B 3. J\r. Wall. Dancers before Mereruka's wife. On the other walls are
servants bringing food for the deceased, and cattle. — B 4. Serdab. —
B 5. W. Wall. In the centre is an elaborate door-stele, in front of which
is a square block once supporting a sacrificial tablet; to the right and
left is the deceased at table, with servants bringing food, flowers, etc.
N. Wall. Mereruka's wife and son in a litter adorned with a lion, near
which are three dogs and a pet ape. On the other walls, Attendants
bringing gifts to the deceased; cattle being slaughtered. — BB. Empty.
To the right (E.) of Mereruka's Tomb lies the Mastaba of
Ke-gem-ni, a vizier and judge, also of the 6th Dyn. and excavated in
1893. (The name is erroneously given on the tablet over the entrance
as Ka-bi-n.) The representations in this tomb are of little interest.
Room I. On the left wall. Ke-gem-ni inspects his cattle and poultry;
hysenas are being fed; feeding poultry. On the right wall the deceased
inspects the fisheries; the captured fish are recorded and carried away.
Above the door to the next room is the deceased in his litter. — Room II.
Ke-gem-ni receiving gifts from his attendants. To the left is a chamber
in which figures of the deceased are chiselled out at two places. —
Room III. On the side-walls, Ke-gem-ni, seated in a chair, receives
sacrificial gifts. On the end-wall is the stele, in front of which was the
altar, reached by a flight of steps. — Room IV. Two representations of
Ke-gem-ni, standing, and receiving gifts from his attendants; tables with
vessels; large ointment-jars dragged on sledges.
A few paces to the E. of the tomb of Ke-gem-ni is a Street of
Tombs, exhumed by Loret in 1899. Several interesting structures
ofthe 6th Dyn. were discovered here.
The first is the somewhat ruinous tomb of Ra-nefer-seshem, surnamed
Sheshi, a vizier and judge, the chief remains of which sre a hall with six
square pillars, each bearing the figure of the deceased, and an elegant stele.
The first tomb on the left in the Street of Tombs proper is that of
"Enkh-me-Hor, surnamed Sesi. Through the door we enter a chamber
with reliefs of fluvial life (water-animals, fish, crocodile, hippopotamus),
beyond which is a second room, with a representation of the deceased
inspecting his fisheries. In one of the doorways are interesting reliefs of
surgical operations; on the right, circumcision, on the left, an operation
on a man's toe. In the adjoining room are figures of dancers. — The
next tomb belongs to Uze-he-Teti or Ptah-nefer-seshem, surnamed Sheshi,
'the first next to the king'. In a chamber with fine painted reliefs is the
door-shaped stele, with two figures of the deceased emerging; above the
door is a recess with a bust of the deceased. In another room is shown
a poultry-yard. — The last tomb (on the left), that of Ke-eper, 'the first
next to the king', is built of crude bricks, the door alone being of lime-
Stone. — On the rubbish above the ancient graves at the end of the street
stands a Tomb of the Neu> Empire, with the stumps of four papyrus-columns.
The street, bending to the right (E.), leads to the ruined Pyramid of
Queen Yepwet. The stepped core, on which the limestone blocks of the outer
covering are laid, is still clearly discernible. Adjoining the E. base of the
pyramid stands the temple, in the central chamber of which is the shattered
stele, with the granite altar still lying in front of it. On the debris of
the pyramid stands a tomb of the New Empire, with a fine tombstone.