Tomb of Niankh-Khnum and Khnum-Hotep

Old Kingdom, Dynasty IV; 2494-2345 BCE




The protected entrance; hieroglyphs around the entrance

 

The entrance

This double tomb, open only by special permission, was discovered in 1965. As a double tomb, scenes are repeated in each half.
 
Because the two owners of this double tomb stand face to face, it was once thought that they were brothers, thus the common name, The Tomb of the Two Brothers.

These men had, in fact, different parents, and are primarily linked through friendship and profession. They were both Priests of the Sun Temple.
 

Servants pulling the boat; detail

 

Scenes of daily life: workers pulling something?; workers carrying what?; herdsmen

 

Geese; donkeys; tethering a bull





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