Tomb of Mereruka

Old Kingdom, Dynasty VI, c. 2345-2181 BCE

Mereruka was the son-in-law of Pharaoh Teti, whose ruined pyramid is diagonally across from this tomb. This tomb, one of the largest with more than 33 rooms and hallways, was discovered in the late 19th and has now been restored.

Left: representation in relief of Mereruka; center: statue preserved intact of Mereruka striding forward; detail of sanctuary/chapel where sacrifices were apparently offered



In one of the chambers Mereruka inspects his craftsmen. Here jewellers, some of whom are dwarfs, solder, hammer, and cast jewellery. Their works are displayed in the register above them.

Detail of tax evaders

Jill Kamil explains that in the larger scene of the estate headquarters, "village elders are being forcibly dragged to give evidence on their faulty tax returns. One man has been stripped, and his arms and feet are bound round a post where he is being beaten. Tax payments were made in produce. . . "(140).

Deer; Butchers

Work Cited: Jill Kamil. Sakkara and Memphis: A Guide to the Necropolis and the Ancient Capital. Second Edition. London: Longman, 1985.

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