Tomb Ini at Gebelein


The site of Gebelein was investigated by Schiaparelli from 1910.
In the northern necropolis. He found the intact tomb of Ini, who was a priest of Sobek, royal treasurer, and nomarch (Ejsmond-2016, p. 8).

Description of the tomb (Robins-1990, p. 26):

The tomb of Ini (dated by Schiaparelli to the Theban Dynasty XI, contemporary with the Herakleopolitan Dynasty IX) consisted of a small chamber (2.50m x 3m, 1.50m high) at the end of a tunnel hewn in the rock and discovered intact by Rosa in 1911. Inside was a large coffin, with bands of inscriptions on the sides and on the cover containing the titles of the owner: "Treasurer of the King of Lower Egypt, sole companion, nomarch, overseer of priests of the temple of Sobek, Lord of Sumenu." Inside the coffin was a mummy with a headrest in the shape of a sa sign, and a staff. At the foot of the coffin was a pair of white leather sandals. Next to it were the grave goods, consisting of numerous red burnished terracotta table jars, other coarse terracotta pots containing the remains of food, about 300 straw models of donkey packsaddles, two funerary boats, and models of a granary and a kitchen. At the base of the opposite wall was a cowhide complete "with tail and limbs" and a wooden statuette of the deceased placed on the neck.
The tomb contents are displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Turin.


  1. Ini