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Mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

This tomb is considered one of the "new tombs" that have been excavated in Saqqara since the late 1990s and shares a separate admission with seven other tombs (the others are not terribly noteworthy but can be visited if you have extra time). This one dates from the 5th Dynasty and is also known as the Tomb of Two Brothers, or the Tomb of the Hairdressers. It's noted for its fine colors, as well as the unusually intimate poses of the two tomb owners. Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep worked as the pharaoh's body servants, and they were buried together in this exquisitely decorated joint tomb. The scenes in the mastaba are fairly standard, showing everyday activities such as fishing, cooking, hunting, and the processing of foodstuffs. An unusual scene of the tomb owners on donkey back is carved on the second set of doorjambs.

Sight Information


Saqqara, Giza, Egypt

Sight Details:

  • £E30 as part of the New Tombs ticket

Published 01/10/2017


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