PRESS RELEASE: May 2005
Discovery in Saqqara
Hawass explains that paintings on the mummy are divided into several registers. The uppermost shows the sun god Khepri with the sun disk. Beneath this is a broad collar and then the goddess Maat stretching her wings. The next row shows the god Anubis mummifying the deceased. Beneath this is the god Osiris, the god Horus, and the Apis bull. Finally, there are two registers containing rows of minor deities. At the bottom of the mummy are geometric patterns, and then the feet, carefully painted onto the cartonnage.
Hawass states that the mummy was found while clearance was being carried out around Tetiís pyramid. The mummy was in the upper level. Digging further, workers uncovered a collection of blue faience amulets featuring the god of joy, Bes, along with two limestone false doors from the Old Kingdom. The first door belongs to Iu-Ib, an official in Pepi IIís pyramid temple, and second belonging to an overseer of scribes, Khentika.
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