Egyptian / Tomb of Perneb / ca. 2350-2323 B.C.E.Egyptian
Tomb of Perneb
ca. 2350-2323 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Tomb of Perneb
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -235
Creation End Date: -232
Creation Date: ca. 2350-2323 B.C.E.
Object Type: Architecture
Classification Term: Architecture, Funerary
Materials and Techniques: Limestone (partially painted)
Dimensions: H. 16 ft. 7/8 in. (482.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 13.183.3
Credit Line: Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1913

Late in Dynasty 5, the palace administrator Perneb built a tomb at Saqqara, twenty miles south of Giza. The tomb included an underground burial chamber and a limestone building called a mastaba. This contained a decorated offering chapel and a statue chamber, usually called a serdab. The mastaba facade and chapel were purchased from the Egyptian govenment in 1913 and, together with a replica of the statue chamber, were reconstructed at the entrance to the Museum's Egyptian galleries. Inside the chapel, the painted reliefs depict Perneb seated before an offering table receiving food and other goods from relatives and retainers. Actual offerings were placed on the slab set before the false door, through which Perneb's spirit could pass in order to receive sustenance.

AMICA ID: MMA_.13.183.3
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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