Tomb Idw II at Giza

Description:

Summarized from Junker-1914 This tomb was discovered by Junker in 1914 in the pyramid field of Giza. In front of the east wall of the mastaba of Idw Junker discovered a sloping tunnel leading south which contained a grave shaft with a side chamber, and a serdab towards the wall of the mmastaba. This burial was undisturbed, and the coffin showed that it had contianed a man named Idw. Junker surmized that he was probably a son of the owner of the main mastaba, "the same who sacrifices to his father on the reliefs" of the mastaba. Junker called the occupant of the main mastaba Idw I and of the subsidiary burial Idw II.

In the serdab, which contained ka staues of Idw and his wife, Junker also found a number of wooden models. Besides two boats there were a baker with an oven, a servant brewing beer, two servants grinding corn, a servant kneading bread and female servants carrying baskets of offerings on their heads.

[At this period models often consisted of wooden figures with stone implements, jars, baskets etc.]

See also Tomb of Idw II at the Giza archives

Excavation Report

Junker-1914

Reference:

Junker H, Vorlaufiger Bericht über die dritte Grabung bei den Pyramiden von Gizeh vom 3. Januar bis 23. April 1914, Anzeiger der philos.-hist. Klasse der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Jahrgang 1914, pp. 140-183., 1914

Burials:

  1. Idw_II