Finally Egyptian Archaeologists have made the recently discovered tomb of an ancient priestess Hetpet public. The tomb of priestess dates back 4,400 years and found near Cairo.
The discovered tomb is decorated with well-preserved and rare wall paintings of the priestess in different scenes. Hetpet also considered the priestess to the goddess of fertility Hathor who helped women during childbirth.
Egypt’s antiquities ministry reveals that they discovered the tomb during excavations near the Great Pyramid of Giza.
This place situated in Giza’s western cemetery has housed officials from the Old Kingdom’s Fifth Dynasty. Some of these tombs have already dug up since 1842.
Egyptian Antiquities Minister, Khaled al-Anani informed that:
“We know of course that she was a high official and that she had a strong link with the royal palace”.
According to ministry, the tomb “has the architectural style and the decorative elements of the Fifth Dynasty, with an entrance leading to an ‘L’ shaped shrine”.
The inside wall paintings have “a very good conservation condition depicting Hetpet standing in different hunting and fishing scenes or… receiving offerings from her children”.
Inside the tomb, scenes of music and dancing performances, as well as monkeys featured also painted. In one wall painting, a monkey can see dancing in front of an orchestra.
Mostafa Waziri of Supreme Council of Antiquities said, “Such scenes are rare… and have only been found previously in the (Old Kingdom) tomb of ‘Ka-Iber’ where a painting shows a monkey dancing in front of a guitarist not an orchestra”.
Minister Anani has hope for further discoveries at the site. “We’re going to continue digging in this area and I believe that very soon we’re going to discover something.”
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