Archive issues

Author: Franciszek Pawlicki   |   Pages: 517–528



In the National Museum in Warsaw there are five decorated blocks originating from the tomb of Tepemankh at Abusir excavated by Deutsche Orient Gesellschaft in the beginning of past century. They have lost identity during post-war turmoil and when reached Warsaw there was no convincing evidence about previous collection to which they belonged. The identification was possibly only owing to drawings included into Ludwig Borchardt publication. Tepemankh was certainly an important person close to the king, most probably King Nyuserra, but no genealogical information is available of him. His large tomb situated at the dense of mastaba field to the North of Nyuserra complex was built prior to the construction of the royal pyramid and mortuary temple. The pieces that have reached Warsaw belong to the same bottommost course of walls and most probably to the same northern room of tomb’s superstructure. Depictions of wooden boats-building and a final episode of grain harvest, so far believed to be lost, seems to be significant elements for restoration of tomb’s iconographic program.



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