A number of very interesting features are associated with the mastaba of Penmeru in the Western Cemetery at Giza. This is just a preliminary blog; I will be following with entries about his mastaba. Below is one of the statue groups of Penmeru and his family. In this grouping he is shown two times, together with his wife, who is to the far right. Two children are by his legs.
The two statues of Penmeru shown here is a method of displaying likenesses of a tomb owner several times – and there has been quite a lot of discussion about the multiple figures of the tomb’s primary person. There are also several other statues of Penmeru from the same tomb and I will talk about them in a later blog.
In this entry, just note the multiple titles that he held – and particularly the title “director of the dining pavilion,” which appears in several other mastabas of the Old Kingdom.
- 1. jmy-rA Hm(w)-kA, “overseer of ka-priests.”
- Niche. 2. wab nswt, “king’s weeb-priest.”
- Niche. 3. rx nswt, ”royal acquaintance.” Statues 1, 2.
- 4. Hm-nTr Mn-kAw-Ra, ”priest of Mycerinus.”
- Niche, 5. xrp sH, “director of the dining pavilion,” (Statues 1 and 2)
Description Painted limestone pseudo-group statue depicting two figures of Penmeru, his wife Meretites, his son Seshemnefer, and his daughter Neferseshemes from G 2197, serdab S (detail of text, niche face, lower proper right): MFA 12.1484Photographer: Peter Der Manuelian