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Wednesday, December 2, 1914 (continued)

[G 5235 A (continued)]
One skull was found in chamber, but there may have been an intrusive burial (x-burial). It looks as if the chamber had not been used.

G 5234
In the north part of G 5234 forecourt are two burial shafts - possibly older than G 5234.

Thursday, December 3, 1914

Cold north wind.

Work on G 5230 N and on space behind and in front thereof. Also G 5221 A.

G 5221
In G 5221 A in doorway, basis of squatting scribe [GLYPHS] in black granite [14-12-7]. A little way below the torso. Head missing. We have now fragments of thirty or more statues of Khnum-ba-ef [Khnumbaef (Babaef)] and only one head and part of another. Where are they all?

G 5230
Clearing away stones and sand to back windows of four serdabs in G 5230 N. All four had been broken into and were nearly full of sand. The third and fourth from the south were cleared. In No. 3 remains of Roman burials (evil smelling). No. 1 and 2 from the south not yet clear. Still working on passage between G 5230 W and G 5230 N.

G 5235
In front of G 5235 cleared the sloping shaft leading to G 5235 A (see page 60). The shaft is unfinished. The stone which blocks the lower end of the passage proved to be an unfinished limestone coffin lid.
In G 5235 forecourt three fragments of relief - one [14-12-15] with the name [GLYPHS] Seshem-nofer [Seshemnefer].

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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
    12/02/1914; 12/03/1914
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Mentioned on page
    Babaef (G 5230)
    Seshemnefer (in G 5110)

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 4940

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5221

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5230

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5234

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 5235

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 3

Ancient People

  • Babaef (G 5230)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 5230. Name translated as either Khnumbaef or Babaef, identified variously as [sA nswt n Xt=f jrj-pat HAtj-a smr watj jmj-r kAt nb nswt xrp aH tAjtj sAb TAtj Xrj-Hb Hrj-tp Hm-nTr Hr THnw qA-a wr idt Hm st Hm jAqs Hm Hpwj (Hm) Hr SwA Hrj-sStA n mdw-nTr smsw snwt xt wr] king's son of his body, hereditary prince, count, sole companion, overseer of all royal works, director of the palace, chief justice and vizier, chief lector-priest, priest of Horus of Libya, elevated of arm, great of censing, servant of the throne, priest of the akes-ornament, priest of Hepwy, priest of Horus-Shewa(?), secretary of the sacred writings, elder of the snwt-house, khet-priest of the Great One. Six damaged limestone standing statues (14-11-92 = MFA 34.1461, 14-11-93 = MFA 34.235, 14-11-94 = MFA 21.953a-b, 14-11-95 = MFA 21.955a-b, 14-11-96 = MFA 21954a-b deaccessioned = MMA 64.66.2, 14-11-97 = MFA 21.956a-b deaccessioned = MMA 64.66.1) inscribed for Babaef; found in G 5230 S (= S chapel/serdab) SS-2. Four limestone statue bases (14-11-78, 14-11-79 = MFA 14.1686, 14-11-80 = MFA 14.1687, 14-11-81) inscribed for Babaef; found in G 5230 S (= S chapel/serdab) SS-1. Fragmentary black granite seated scribe statue (14-11-151 + 14-12-7 + 14-12-82 = MFA 21.931a-c) inscribed for Babaef; pieces found scattered in G 5230 S (= S chapel/serdab) room O, pit G 5221 A, and pit G 5211 A. Fragmentary incomplete red granite standing pair statue (14-11-84 = MFA 14.1688 + 14-11-89a = MFA 14.1690.1 + 14-11-89b = MFA 14.1690.2 + 14-11-89c = MFA 14.1690.3 + 14-11-117 = MFA 14.1960.2 + 14-11-118 = MFA 14.1697) inscribed for Babaef; pieces found scattered in G 5230 S (= S chapel/serdab) SS-1 and SS-2, and between mastabas G 5110 and G 5230. Fragmentary alabaster standing statue (fragments from 14-2-2 + 14-2-4 + 14-3-1 = MFA 24.603 reconstructed statue) inscribed for Babaef; found scattered in vicinity of G 4620 and G 4820. Fragments of alabaster seated statue (15-1-41) inscribed for Babaef; found between mastabas G 5110 and G 5230. Fragment of limestone statue base (33-2-170) inscribed for Babaef; found E of G 2370. Alabaster standing statue (KHM Vienna ÄS 7785) inscribed for Babaef; head of alabaster statue (KHM Vienna ÄS 7786) attributed to Babaef; lower part of granodiorite seated statue (KHM Vienna ÄS 8567) inscribed for Babaef; fragment of granodiorite standing statue (KHM Vienna ÄS 8566) inscribed for Babaef; all found in debris at north end of G 5230.
  • Seshemnefer (in G 5110)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Name appears on fragment of relief (14-12-15) with raised relief inscription; found in G 5110.

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.