Tomb 274 at Sedment


Petrie "cleared" the cemetery, he describes the contents of those burials where something had survived.

Petrie-etal-1924, pp. 2-4:

The most important tomb was that of Ra-mery- ha-shetef, dated to the middle of the Vlth dynasty by the name. In the northern face of a low hill (cemetery A) a courtyard was cut, with a subterranean chamber at the back of it, which contained three plain coffins with bodies of women (lxxxi, 9). In the east corner of the open court a square shaft descended about forty feet to the burial chamber. Though quite undisturbed, there was nothing there beyond the skeleton in an inscribed coffin (xii), and an alabaster head-rest (xi). At about ten feet down in the filling of the shaft, against the south side, facing north, were three ebony statuettes of the same man at different ages, a rough statuette of a woman, and three groups of servant models.

[ description of ka statues]

Three groups of servants accompanied these statuettes. In front of the female figure was the group no. 5, probably representing the preparation of beer. The man in the centre was pounding, crushing the barley; to the right is the woman pressing out the fermented mash in a sieve over a jar [...]

at the right end is a man probably capping the jars, of which a row stands in the foreground; a woman on the left holds a bird. In front of the youth was the cooking scene, group 6. On the left is the cook shading his face from the fire; in the middle is a man grinding corn, to the right a man making cakes. In front of the largest figure was the group 4; a servant setting out a table at the left; in the middle a cook fanning the fire, at which he roasts a bird on a spit; on the right, a servant apparently directing. It is noticeable that the servants are all clothed, while the figures of the deceased are all nude, which is rarely the case in Egypt. [...]

In the funeral chamber, below these figures, there was the alabaster head-rest, xi, 1, 2. It is made in three pieces, the base, columnar support, and top with two hands carved on the under side. [ ... description of the inscription and of the coffin ]

Excavation Report

Petrie-etal-1924, pp. 2-4


  1. Mry-ra-xa-St.f