Burial of Nenna

Site: Sedment, Tomb: 613


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

Petrie-etal-1924, p. 4:

The [ka] statuette was in a recess in the rock chamber [which formed the tomb], secured by a bar across the front. On the base is the inscription, The chiefly companion, deputy of the king in the palace, medu (priestly title), anmutek (support of thy mother, head of family) Nenna. May the king- give an offering, with and Anpu, upon his mountains, for the devoted Nenna. The devoted to the great God, Nenna. In the tomb was a figure of a cook which is the best of the wooden figures of servants, carefully modelled with fine stucco, as a creditable copy of the earlier figures of limestone. There were two burials in the chamber, a female skeleton lying on a mat, head north, face east, slightly contracted, and a broken-up coffin of wood. Two shafts in the floor each led to a chamber with only fragments of bone remaining.

There was a Nenna, son of Shedu, who had the title 'chiefly companion'; he was ruler of the temple or palace, and lived a few miles south at Deshasheh; as Shedu is dated about the end of the Vth dynasty, it seems very probable that his son is the Nenna of Mayana about seven miles to the north (see Deshasheh, p. 4; pls. xxii, xxv).

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