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Friday, April 8, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088 and the chapel.

(1) G 2088
On the top the mastaba and in room e. Search for the lining of the mastaba on east. Sand, limestone debris, rubble, dirty debris, pebble and stones, the lining not yet exposed.

G 2088 room "e": A stone chapel, southeast of the mastaba. Exposed the lining on north. But the lining on south and east not yet exposed. Found in chapel debris:
6) squatting male statuette cutting goose broken in five pieces, left side of face and part above left hand still missing. ....Ankh [Nenankh]. 38-4-3.
7) Torso of male statuette bending down in two pieces. 38-4-8.
8) Lower part of female statuette grinding grain. 38-4-26.
9) Upper part of seated male statuette (1). 38-4-1.
10) Head of female statuette (3), face damaged. 38-4-2a.
11) Fragment of base of female statuette (two feet). 38-4-9.
12) Base of (3) and (8), Nfr-Int [Nefretinet]. 38-4-2a and b.
13) Fragment of base of statuette (4), (left foot). 38-4-11.
14) Part of bending female statuette like (8). 38-4-7.
15) Fragment of left arm belonging to (3). 38-4-2a.
16) Fragments belonging to above.
Room not yet cleared.

Saturday, April 9, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088, rooms a, b, c and the serdab.

(1) G 2088
On the top of the mastaba. In exposing the lining, shafts and chapels. Sand, limestone debris, dubsh and stones. Exposed all the lining. It is a stone mastaba, east of G 2089. Exposed nine shafts A, B, C, D, E, F, X, Y, Z, but not started in them. Also exposed three chapels and serdab (1). East of room b on north appears building running to east. Same as a serdab.

G 2088 "a": Stone chapel. West of b, c, and east of shaft A. On west wall two niches, uninscribed. Door opened to east in room b, and on the north door jamb is a small inscribed niche. Not yet cleared.

G 2088 "b": Stone chapel. East of a, west of c and south of serdab (1), with three columns, on west wall to south is an uninscribed niche, and below this niche appears a small stone mastaba. In that mastaba we exposed one shaft and it is numbered G 2088a A. The room opened to east in room c. Cleared.

G 2088 "c": Built with stones. The lining on east not yet exposed. It is east of b. Not cleared.

G 2088 serdab (1): A stone serdab. Roofed with stones, roof partly destroyed. North of room b and east of F. Drift sand, broken stones from the roof, dirty debris and limestone debris. Found in debris:
17) upright grinding stone of (8) in three pieces. 38-4-2b.
18) head of female statuette without wig. 38-4-10.
19) fragments of rectangular yellow limestone table. 38-4-17.
20) fragments of plaster from wooden statues.
21) Fragment of rectangular basin. 38-4-19.

Drawing of the mastaba on page 640.

Sunday, April 10, 1938

Work on
(1) G 2088
(2) In serdab (2)

(1) East of G 2088
East of this mastaba in removing the great dump heap. Sand, limestone debris, pebble, rubble and stones. Search for new mastabas. Nothing found yet.

(2) G 2088
In serdab (2): We exposed that the lining north of c and east of b is a serdab. On east wall of the serdab we found a window slot. Found in serdab:
22) Upper part of bending female statuette with necklace and collar, right part of head broken off in two pieces, small fragment still missing. 38-4-4.
23) Crude male statuette carrying two (or more) jars. Right arm, lower left arm and legs missing, face slightly damaged. 38-4-5.
...fragments of plaster from wooden statues.

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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
    04/08/1938; 04/09/1938; 04/10/1938
  • Mentioned on page
    Nefretinet (in G 2088)
    Nenankh (in G 2088)
  • Translator
    Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]
  • Author
    Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 2088

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 2

People 4

Ancient People

  • Nefretinet (in G 2088)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Fragmentary (incomplete) inscribed limestone servant statue (38-4-2 = Cairo JE 72139); two female figures on one base, Nefretinet squatting (proprer right) and Ankhmaes standing (proper left); found in G 2088.
  • Nenankh (in G 2088)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Limestone servant statue (38-4-3 = MFA 38.2147) inscribed for Nenankh, identified as [Hm-kA] ka-priest; found in G 2088. Possibly same Nenankh as son of Redi (owner of G 2086).

Modern People

  • Mahmud Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Translator
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Diary translator. Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926). Brother of Mohammed Said Ahmed (Head Reis 1936-1939). Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.
  • Mohamed Said Ahmed [Diraz]

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1936–1939. Son of Said Ahmed Said [Diraz] (Head Reis 1908-1926) and brother of Mahmoud Said Ahmed [Diraz] (Translator) and Ahmed Said Ahmed [Diraz]. Family name, Diraz, was supplied by Said Ahmed Said's grandsons in 2006.