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Mastaba of Mereruka, Saqqara

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Mereruka's Mastaba is the largest mastaba (flat-topped tomb) in Saqqara, best known for its interior reliefs and murals.

History

The mastaba dates from the 6th Dynasty (2323-2150 BC) in the Old Kingdom period. It was built for Mereruka, the vizier to Pharaoh Teti (whose pyramid is next door), his wife Watethathor and his son Meryteti.

Excavations of Mereruka's Mastaba began in 1892 under Jacques de Morgan.

What to See

The mastaba contains 32 rooms, decorated with painted reliefs of everyday Egyptian life: fishing, hunting, metalworking (with dwarfs), sailing, and force-feeding animals, including a hyena. A standing statue of Mereruka emerges dynamically from a niche, marking the center of his cult and the place for offerings.

Kagemni's Mastaba adjoins the mastaba of Mereruka and is also well-decorated; probably by the same artist since similar scenes appear in both.

Quick Facts on Mastaba of Mereruka

Site Information
Names:Mastaba of Mereruka; Mastaba of Mereruka, Saqqara
City:Saqqara
Country:Egypt
Categories:Graves and Tombs; Chambered Tombs
Faiths:Ancient Egyptian
Styles:Egyptian
Dates:c. 2200 BCE
Status:monument
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Saqqara, Egypt
Coordinates:29.875969° N, 31.221014° E  (view on Google Maps)
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References

  1. Mereruka's Mastaba - Fodors.com
  2. The Mastaba for Mereruka - The Pyramids of Egypt
  3. Mereruka Mastaba - OsirisNet

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Title:Mastaba of Mereruka, Saqqara
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:12/20/2010
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