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Monday, March 23, 1925

[Sunday, March 22. See Said's Diary]

work on:
(1) G 7220 interior chapel
(2) G 7216 A

(1) G 7220
The inscription over the center of the niche in the interior chapel of this mastaba was made out this morning and drawn to scale. The owner is now seen to be a hitherto unknown son of (?) Khufu, named [TRANSLITERATION] [Hordjedef]


A small part of the text on the cylindrical architrave was also read this morning. In sunlight a little more may become clear.


The whole of these texts had been deliberately chiseled out and cut across. They were hardly more than just legible.
Several tourists' names have been scratched on, Arabic, English, and German.

(2) G 7216
G 7216 A: The chamber of this tomb has so small an opening that it was impossible to draw the body to scale in position.
It had been partly blocked by a few small stones jammed loosely into the opening.
The body was intact and in position. Head east, lying on left side, contracted, hands straight out in front of pelvis. Tall old man. Backbone intact but carefully severed between 8th and 9th vertebra, the upper portion being bent round towards south in forcing body into chamber. Both feet were wedged against slope of north wall at 0 - 15 cm above floor. Right humerus rested on top of headrest. Skull had toppled over from neck and lay almost in position near south wall opposite the door. Bones all large and strong, cream color.
Headrest, a very fine and unusual (?unique) type. In ebony, intact, large. On each side the pillow is supported by two carved hands [25-3-261] (1).
Quantity of preserving salts(?) inside left half of pelvis and on both femora, also lying on ground under the legs (4).
Strip of bandaging cloth lay over the femora, crosswire (3) and a much larger lump of bandage lay midway between the head and the left pelvis (2).

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  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Display Page Dates
    03/22/1925; 03/23/1925
  • Mentioned on page
    Hordjedef (G 7210-7220)
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 2

People 3

Ancient People

  • Hordjedef (G 7210-7220)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Hordjedef was buried in G 7220.
  • Khufu

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Second king of Dynasty 4, son of Snefru. Builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Known two thousand years later by the Greeks as King Cheops. Horus name: [mDdw] Medjedu. Full birth-name: Khnum-Khufu.

Modern People

  • Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1899–
    • Remarks Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, born South Africa, Sivaratri, March 10, 1899. British subject with a Scottish father and an English mother. For a brief period during 1925 he was a staff member of Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, who later joined the Theosophist movement in India. Greenlees received his MA degree in 1922 from Oxford, where he studied Egyptian, Coptic and Arabic. April 2,1925, Greenlees appointed Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at MFA.