Tomb Idw II at Giza


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


Reference (Bibliography)

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


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