Burial of Spy

Site: Dahshur, Tomb:


The mastaba had been robbed, however the roof of one of the serdabs had collapsed before the robbery took place, and a number of statuettes were found beneath the rubble. Some of these were inscribed, revealing the name of the tomb's principal owner to be "Spy". [In the book the owner is mis-identified as "Sankh-ouaiti", aparently through a confusion with one of their titles]

Catalogue of statuettes:

  1. A kneeling baker kneading dough. CG 504
  2. A rower.
  3. Kneeling figure.
  4. A woman carrying a trunk on her head. [NB. de Morgan's fig. 47 shows feet present] CG 510
  5. Similar figure to (4). [NB. from Borchardt - left foot and right leg are missing from CG 509 ] CG 509
  6. Seated figure, arms at its sides, hands rested on his knees.
  7. A man standing with feet together, arms hanging.
  8. Similar statuette.
  9. Group consists of six statuettes. They are men in wigs advancing in single file. CG 511
  10. Similar group which consisted of five statues draped. Three remained in place. CG 512
  11. Headless statue of a seated man, hands on knees.
  12. A man walks, arms hanging.
  13. Similar figure draped in a cloth.
  14. Similar figure.
  15. Similar figure.
  16. Large seated statue, very worm-eaten.
  17. A man, standing, walking with his arms hanging.
  18. Man wearing a headband and dressed in the great shenti triangular apron.
  19. Head of a statuette wearing a fluted wig.
  20. Similar head.
  21. Person standing with feet together, arms hanging down, fists clenched.
  22. Two similar figures, fluted wig.
  23. Similar figure, mutilated.
  24. A fully naked man walking by guiding a stick.
  25. A man walking.
  26. Six similar figures.
  27. Two fragments of statuettes.
  28. Seated figure.
(Adapted from De Morgan,1903, pp. 18-21)

This list contains many figures of the owner as well as some servant statues.

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