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Bed of Queen Hetepheres I; restored with modern wood, ancient gilding and inlay.

Details

  • ID
    GEM_6364
  • Department
    Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Classification
    Furniture
  • Findspot
    G 7000 X
  • Material
    Wood; Gold; Inlay
  • Dimensions
    H 42.8 x W 98.3 x L 177.0 cm
  • Credit Line
    Grand Egyptian Museum
  • Journal d'Entree number
    EMC_JE_53261
  • Cairo Special Register number
    EMC_SR_1/10077
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu
  • Excavator
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
  • Owner
    Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)
  • Notes
    From excavations of George Reisner, 1925. A large portion of Special Register section 7 (volumes 13-16) was originally misnumbered, with the object numbers following in sequence from section 1 volume 4; these numbers have thus been given EMC_SR_1 prefixes, despite being recorded in section 7.
  • Remarks
    RELATED CONSTITUENT(S): George Reisner; Hetepheres; ALTERNATE NUMBER(S): EMC_JE_53261; EMC_SR_1.10077; HU-MFA_62A (?)

Tombs and Monuments 1

Full Bibliography

  • Reisner, George A. "The Household Furniture of Queen Hetep-heres I." Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 27, No. 164 (December 1929), pp. 83-90.

    Reisner, George A., and William Stevenson Smith. A History of the Giza Necropolis. Vol. 2, The Tomb of Hetep-Heres the Mother of Cheops: A Study of Egyptian Civilization in the Old Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1955.

    Smith, William Stevenson. Ancient Egypt as Represented in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1960.

    Smith, William Stevenson. “The Old Kingdom in Egypt,” The Cambridge Ancient History, rev. ed. of vols. I & II, Cambridge University Press, 1962, p. 26.

Photos 29

People 2

Ancient People

  • Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Wife of King Snefru, founder of Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty, and mother of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Her burial was hidden in a secret chamber (labeled G 7000 X) nearly 90 feet underground, and contained beautiful pieces of gilded and inlaid wooden furniture, silver jewelry, and a large alabaster sarcophagus that was found to be mysteriously empty.

Modern People

  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Excavator
    • 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.