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  • Tomb Owner
    Nefer Idu [I] (G 5550)
  • Excavator
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Hermann Junker, German, 1877–1962
  • Attested
    Hemetre (in G 5550)
    Idu (in G 5550)
    Iri (in G 5550)
    Mehuakhet (in G 5550)
    Mereri (in G 5550)
    Qar (in G 5550)
    Qut[. . .] (in G 5550)
  • PorterMoss Date
    Early Dynasty 6
  • Site Type
    Stone-built mastaba
  • Shafts
    S 754 a, chapel

Finds 14

Maps & Plans 1

Published Documents 3

Unpublished Documents 6

Full Bibliography

  • Brovarski, Edward. "False Doors & History: the Sixth Dynasty." In Miroslav Bárta, ed. The Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology. Proceedings of the Conference held in Prague, May 31-June 4, 2004. Prague: Czech Institute of Egyptology, 2006, pp. 89, 91, 101.

    Junker, Hermann. Gîza 8. Der Ostabschnitt des Westfriedhofs, Zweiter Teil. Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien Philosophisch-historische Klasse Denkschriften 73, Abhandlung 1. Vienna: Rudolph M. Rohrer, 1947, pp. 66-90, fig. 1, 25, 30-38, pls. 11-15, plan after pl. 28.

    Kanawati, Naguib. "Decoration of Burial Chambers, Sarcophagi and Coffins in the Old Kingdom." In Khaled Daoud, Shafia Bedier & Sawsan Abd el-Fatah, eds. Studies in Honor of Ali Radwan. Supplément aux Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte, no. 34. Cairo: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2005, p. 63.

    Porter, Bertha, and Rosalind L.B. Moss. Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings 3: Memphis (Abû Rawâsh to Dahshûr). Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1931. 2nd edition. 3: Memphis, Part 1 (Abû Rawâsh to Abûsîr), revised and augmented by Jaromír Málek. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974, p. 165, plan 16.

Photos 19

People 10

Ancient People

  • Hemetre (in G 5550)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Wife of Nefer Idu (owner of G 5550). Appears in chapel relief, north and south walls (blocks of relief from north and south walls = Hildesheim 2398-2400, Hildesheim 2390), name preserved only on north wall, identified as [Hmt-nTr Nt wptt wAwt] priestess of Neith Opener-of-the-Ways; found in G 5550.
  • Idu (in G 5550)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Probable son of Nefer Idu (owner of G 5550). Appears in chapel relief, south wall (blocks of relief from south wall = Hildesheim 2390), name and lower half of figure preserved, identified as [. . .pr-aA] . . .of the Great House; found in G 5550.
  • Iri (in G 5550)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Appears in chapel relief in tomb of Nefer Idu (owner of G 5550), north wall (blocks of relief from north wall = Hildesheim 2398-2400), butchering scene, lower half of figure and name preserved; found in G 5550.
  • Mehuakhet (in G 5550)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Appears in chapel relief in tomb of Nefer Idu (owner of G 5550), north wall (blocks of relief from north wall = Hildesheim 2398-2400), butchering scene, lower half of figure and name preserved; found in G 5550.
  • Mereri (in G 5550)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Appears in chapel relief in tomb of Nefer Idu (owner of G 5550), south wall (blocks of relief from S wall = Hildesheim 2390), dwarf carrying monkey standing under chair of Nefer Idu and Hemetre; found in G 5550.
  • Nefer Idu [I] (G 5550)

    • Type Tomb Owner
    • Remarks Owner of G 5550. Nefer, [rn=f nfr] his good name Idu. False door (fragmentary, some fragments = Hildesheim 2391-2395), chapel entrance lintel (Hildesheim 2396-2397) and door jamb (Cairo JE 44972) inscribed for Nefer Idu, identified as [tAjtj sAb TAtj Hrj-tp nswt jmj-r Snwtj jmj-r wabtj jmj-r jswj Xkrw nswt Hrj-sStA nswt mdw rxjjt jwn-knmwt jmj-r Hwt-jHwt jmj-r wDt-mdw nbt StAt nswt jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt sAb aD-mr sS a nswt] chief justice and vizier, royal chamberlain, overseer of the two granaries, overseer of the two wabets, overseer of the two bureaux of the king's ornaments, royal secretary, staff of the commoners, iun-kenmut priest, overseer of Hut-ihut, overseer of every secret royal decree, overseer of all royal works, judge and administrator, royal document scribe; also appears in chapel relief (blocks of relief from N and S walls = Hildesheim 2398-2400, Hildesheim 2390), identified as [jmj-r gswj-pr jmj-r Xnw jmj-r sxt nbt] overseer of the two workshops(?), overseer of the Residence, overseer of all fields; found in G 5550. Sarcophagus inscribed (in ink) for Nefer Idu, identified as [jmj-r prwj-HD jmj-r wabt jmj-r r-pr] overseer of the two treasuries, overseer of the wabet, overseer of the offering chapel; found in G 5550, burial chamber.
  • Qar (in G 5550)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Appears in chapel relief in tomb of Nefer Idu (owner of G 5550), south wall (blocks of relief from south wall = Hildesheim 2390), standing before offering table, and north wall (blocks of relief from north wall = Hildesheim 2398-2400), identified (in both places) as [jmj-r pr sHD Hmw-kA] steward, inspector of ka-priests; found in G 5550.
  • Qut[. . .] (in G 5550)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Appears in chapel relief in tomb of Nefer Idu (owner of G 5550), north wall (blocks of relief from north wall = Hildesheim 2398-2400), holding bird on right edge of butchering scene, only arm of figure preserved and name very uncertain, possibly identified as [sS] scribe; found in G 5550.

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.
  • Hermann Junker

    • Type Excavator
    • 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.