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Tomb of Perneb - Video

By Curator: Dorothea Arnold

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Late in Dynasty 5, the palace administrator Perneb built a tomb at Saqqara, Egypt, twenty miles south of Giza. The tomb included an underground burial chamber and a limestone building called a mastaba. This contained a decorated offering chapel and a statue chamber, usually called a serdab. The mastaba facade and chapel were purchased from the Egyptian govenment in 1913 and, together with a replica of the statue chamber, were reconstructed at the entrance to the Museum's Egyptian galleries. Egyptologist Dorothea Arnold describes the journey of the tomb and what it tells us about the ancient Egyptians' obsession, not with death, but with the continuation of life.