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Friday, December 20, 1912

Pit G 2382 B, finished. Inclined shaft G 2381 C still unfinished. Potsherd of Old Kingdom found: [ILLUSTRATION]

Clearing northern part of Senedem-ib = Mehy [Senedjemib Mehi, G 2378], no pit appears, but mud-brick walls forming rooms filled with stones.

Clearing G 2385 H, came on hole in floor filled with stones thrown down. Among these stones, a small wooden statuette [12-12-207] and a large one [12-12-206], two-thirds life-sized (or three-quarters). Waxed small statuette which appears to be in bad condition, and took it up.

Mr. and Mrs. Latimer to dinner.

Saturday, December 21, 1912

Junker came to discuss work.

In afternoon, cleared larger wooden statue [12-12-206] and got it out without damage. It is a beautiful example of Egyptian portraiture in wood, and in remarkably good condition. The eyes were inlaid (probably copper and colored stone) but the inlays are missing. The body is unclothed and shows circumcision of the male organ. The modeling is very fine, especially that of the face. It is indeed a great piece.

It was not clear that this hole filled with stones was a thieves' hole leading to a large sloping passage, the burial place of Mehy (G 2378), similar to those below on the east (G 2370 A, G 2381 A, G 2381 C, G 2382 A, G 2385 A, G 2387A). In fact this passage under G 2385 H (to be called G 2387 A) is directed over and west of G 2387 A. Later the room G 2385 H was built over the passage G 2378 A, and still later the thieves broke through the floor of G 2385 H, hunting treasure, and so came on the passage and penetrated into the interior. On refilling the hole, the statues were thrown in among the stones. They must have been in sound condition at the time as they would otherwise have been smashed.

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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
    12/20/1912; 12/21/1912
  • Mentioned on page
    Hermann Junker, German, 1877–1962
    Senedjemib Mehi (G 2378)
    Mr. and Mrs. Latimer
  • Author
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942

Tombs and Monuments 5

  • G 2370

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2378

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2381

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2382

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2385

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

People 3

Ancient People

  • Senedjemib Mehi (G 2378)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Owner of G 2378. Senedjemib, [rn=f nfr] his good name Mehi. Son of Senedjemib Inti (owner of G 2370). Portico architrave inscribed for Senedjemib Mehi, identified as [jrj-pat HAtj-a mAa jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt Hrj-sStA n wDt-mdw nbt nt nswt jmj-jb n nswt m st=f nbt jmAxw xr nswt-bjtj Wnjs] hereditary prince, true count, overseer of all royal works, secretary of every royal decree, he who is in the heart of the king in all his places, revered before the King of Upper and Lower Egypt Unis; offering room false door inscribed for Senedjemib Mehi, identified as [smr watj tAjtj sAb TAtj jmj-r sSw a nswt jmj-r Xkr nswt nb Xrj-tp nswt mDH qd nswt m prwj jmj-r Snwtj jmj-r prwj-aHAw jmj-r wabtj jmj-r prwj nbw jmj-r sSr nswt jmAxw xr Jssj] sole companion, chief justice and vizier, overseer of royal document scribes, overseer of all royal regalia, royal chamberlain, royal architect in the two houses, overseer of the two granaries, overseer of the two armories, overseer of the two wabets, overseer of the two houses of gold, overseer of royal linen, revered before Isesi; also appears in chapel relief (thoughout chapel), identified as [jwn-knmt] iun-kenmut priest; false door and relief in situ in G 2378, portico reconstructed. Also appears in chapel relief (including portico west wall, door jambs, and offering room) in tomb of his father Senedjemib Inti (owner of G 2370), identified as [HAtj-a mAa jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt] true count, overseer of all royal works; in situ in G 2370.

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.
  • Hermann Junker

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates German, 1877–1962
    • Remarks Egyptologist, Director of German-Austrian expedition to Giza, 1911–1929. Published 12 volumes of final excavation reports from Giza expedition. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.

Groups 1