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Diary Transcription:

microfilm: West diary, begin page 15

January 15, 1913 (continued)

[G 2335 A (continued)]
without first sliding it to one end. The cuts in the side are this shape: [ILLUSTRATION]. The clears were lowered into a and slid along into b - the cover not being in its proper position until the cleat rested against the end of b. To prevent the cover being slid off, an arrangement of this kind was devised: [ILLUSTRATION] a = cutting in side of coffin, and c = hinged block in cover - this could swing back into the cutting marked by b, but after it had fallen into cutting a, it prevented the opening of the coffin without breaking it. Such an arrangement might be found on a Swiss brick box.

Work was also continued in the Menkaure quarry. The northwest corner of the quarry was found, and may be shown so:

[plan of MQ 105, MQ 106, MQ 120, MQ 124, MQ 134]
a = offering niche which is just begun.
b = small chamber, now open.
c = chamber in mastaba 124 [MQ 124].
d = door.
e = court now open.
f = chamber of 120 [MQ 120.]

The three top courses of stone on the west wall of the chamber of 120 [MQ 120] are dressed to a smooth surface - the only part of the chamber that is finished. These are partially decorated in low relief, showing Serhu [Serehu] seated with two rows of fruits, meats, vegetables, flowers, etc before him; and one row of servants bearing like offerings. These stones were plastered before being decorated. To the north of the wall there are the artist's drawing in red ink for figures that were never cut, or only partially cut, when the work was discontinued.

microfilm: West diary, end page 15


  • 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
  • Author
    Louis Caulton West, American, 1882–1972
  • Mentioned on page
    Serehu (MQ 120)

Tombs and Monuments 7

  • G 2335

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • MQ 105

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry Cemetery
  • MQ 106

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry Cemetery
  • MQ 120

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry Cemetery
  • MQ 124

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry Cemetery
  • MQ 134

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry Cemetery
  • Menkaure Quarry

    • Site Name Menkaure Quarry Cemetery

Photos 1

People 2

Ancient People

  • Serehu (MQ 120)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of MQ 120. Chapel entrance lintel inscribed for Serehu, identified as [rx nswt sHd wabw Hrj-sStA nTrj-MnkAwra jmj-r DADAt nTrj-MnkAwra] royal acquaintance, inspector of wab-priests, secretary of the pyramid of Menkaure, overseer of the jury of the pyramid of Menkaure; in situ in Menkaure quarry cemetery MQ 120.

Modern People

  • Louis Caulton West

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1882–1972
    • Remarks Worked on the MFA-Harvard expedition from 1912-1914 according to the preface of George A. Reisner's, "A History of the Giza Necropolis, Vol I." Harvard graduate, c.1912.