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Diary Transcription:

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December 30, 1912 (continued)

[G 2381 A, continued]
When the sunlight was thrown in and the interior of the chamber became visible, a most remarkable sight met my eye. In a recess in the floor stood a large wooden coffin, so large that I at first thought it was two coffins. There is a line of inscription along the top, and another along the side visible, hieroglyphics cut in the wood and filled with blue. (Blue gone from side line). The name is at the south end and not visible. However in the middle stands: [GLYPHS] so that the date Pepy I of Dynasty 6 is fixed. In front of the coffin (east) a pile of copper vessels, etc. has been dumped down on the floor, six large vessels [ILLUSTRATION] and perhaps thirty or forty small ones. Among these lie copper chisels and knives, needles, etc., and the pieces of a magical set including dummy vases of crystal and slate, (like the Khufu magical set, but no flint wand is visible). There are also eight small offering tables of copper [ILLUSTRATION] with holes on top for vessels. Along the east wall are the bones of meat offerings (bird and oxen).
South of this heap of copper objects is [ILLUSTRATION] a big bowl of pottery, filled full of pottery vessels.
In between are fragments of wood.
On the coffin lies a wooden box, fallen apart.
Behind the coffin are five or more large pottery jars, all but one with stoppers intact. On the north one a large copper bowl, a crystal dummy vase, and a copper knife.
In front of the door (west), a low mound of fine limestone

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Details

  • 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
    12/30/1912
  • Mentioned on page
    Merptahankh-meryre Ptahshepses Impy (G 2386/G 2381)
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 2381

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Photos 1

People 2

Ancient People

  • Merptahankh-meryre Ptahshepses Impy (G 2386/G 2381)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Possible owner of one of two stone built chapels G 2386a or G 2386b, buried in sloping-passage shaft G 2381 A. Merptahankh-meryre, [rn=f nfr] his good name Ptahshepses Impy. Son of Merptahankh-meryre Nekhebu (owner of G 2381). Wood coffin (12-12-575 = MFA 13.3085) inscribed for Impy, identified as [HAtj-a sm xrp SnDt nbt Xrj-Hb Hrj-tp jmA-a xtmw-bjtj jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt smr watj mDH nswt qdw m prwj jmj-r wabtj] count, sem-priest, director of every kilt, chief lector-priest, gracious of arm, sealer of the king of Lower Egypt, overseer of all royal works, sole companion, royal architect in the two houses, overseer of the two wabets; found in situ in G 2381 A. Copper flaring basin (12-12-265 = MFA 13.2940) inscribed for Impy, identified as [HAtj-a jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt smr watj mDH nswt qdw] count, overseer of all royal works, sole companion, royal architect; found in situ in G 2381 A. Wesekh broadcollar (12-12-583 = MFA 13.3086) with terminals inscribed for Impy, identified as [HAtj-a jmj-r kAt] count, overseer of works; found (more than one-half intact) in situ in G 2381 A.

Modern People

  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.