The Mastabas of Qar and Idu G 7101 and 7102 - Digitally Revised and Enhanced Edition

Part I - Qar G 7101

Section 5 - Room (E)


Section 5 - Room (E)

Publications October 15. 2019

Room E in relation with area north of G7110-7120; Qar(G7101) and Idu (G7102) (click to enlarge)

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Offering Room; East Wall (pls. XII c, d; fig. 29). (Click to enlarge)

Pl. XII c. Qar, Room E, east wall, left (north) side (left), and Pl. XII d. Qar, Room E, east wall, right (south) side (right)

Figure 29. Qar (G7101). Room E. East wall (Click to enlarge)

The entire east wall is in poor condition. The reliefs and inscriptions are partly cut in the natural rock and were originally completed in plaster which has now, in part, fallen off. The decoration extends over the entrance doorway (from D).

East wall, north of doorway from D, pl. XII c; fig. 29; three registers: width ca. 88 cm.

Register 1: (a) Cupboard list of offerings in two rows of nine compartments each. (b) Kneeling man facing left with both hands laid on top of a small table. Over his hands an inscription: Idw(?). (c) Standing man facing left with right arm extended forward and left arm at side grasping a staff or roll. Beneath his right hand is the sign ẖr, evidently in ẖry-[ḥꜣbt]. (d) Man advancing left, right arm extended forward, left arm held across body at waist. In front the sign kꜣ.

Register 2, left to right: (a) Kneeling man facing left with both arms held forward on the ground. (b) Standing man facing left holding out with both hands a jar from which liquid pours over the hands of the preceding figure. (c) Standing man facing left with his left hand he holds out a conical vessel grasped by its base and with his right he places a pellet (?) on top of the vessel. Above perhaps restore snṯr, “incense.” (d) Man advancing right but with head turned left. He wears a pointed skirt and a sash across his chest. In his left hand he holds a scroll and with his right he drags the aromatic broom along the ground behind him. Inscription: ẖry-ḥꜣb[t] int rd, “lector-priest, bringing the broom.”

Register 3, butchering scene: (a) Man advancing left. In his right hand he holds a small object (jar?) and on his left arm he balances a large pot. (b), (c) Two men facing each other are butchering an ox (traces only). (d) Man facing left carrying a leg of beef across his shoulder. Over Register 3 are two inscriptions: one facing right: iw.(i) ḥr.s, “I am upon it,” the other facing left: iṯ.(i) im.f, “I am taking from it.”

East wall, south of doorway from D (pl. XII d; fig. 29). Decoration in three registers, in order vertically top to bottom.

Register 1: (a) A figure to the right is entirely lost. (b) Kneeling man facing right, with one arm extended forward (incomplete). (c) Standing man facing right, head and right arm lost; left arm at side holding a scroll. (d) Standing man facing right, head and shoulders obscure. In front of figure, ẖry-ḥꜣb[t], “lector-priest.”

Register 2, butchering scene, reading left to right: (a) A small man with head turned right climbs on the carcass of a bound ox and holds a knife in his left hand. The severed leg of the ox lies on top of its carcass. Above is the inscription: n wꜥb, “for purification (?).” (b) A larger man facing right squats on the ground cutting the foreleg from another carcass. (c) Traces of a third man, standing facing left, holding out a large basin on the crook of his left arm.

Register 3, reading left to right: (a) A standing man facing right carries a calf across his shoulder, its legs grasped in his right hand while his left supports its head. From each elbow a jar is suspended by a cord. (b) A man facing right leans forward with something like a coil or rope on his back, perhaps held by both hands crossed over his shoulders. He wears a skirt with vertical stripe markings or pleats. (c) A fat ox facing right. (d) A standing man facing left leans forward and grasps with his left hand the head of the ox while his right rests under its mouth.

Above door to (D); (pls. XII c, d; fig. 29). Two scenes. On left a man seated on the ground facing right fans a duck above a bowl shaped brazier with legs. Before him is the text: n kꜣ n ḫrp sḥ Rnsi, “for the ka of the director of the dining pavilion Rensi.” Next to the brazier on the right is a stand with two ducks lying on it. To the right is a scene with a cooking pot or brazier in the middle, in which seem to be vessels or the elements of a stew. On the left a man seated on a low stool appears to be fanning a duck (?), while on the other side a man bends down to fan the flames or embers beneath the pot.


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Room E, North Wall: Length ca. 2.05 m. (pls. XIII a, b; fig. 30). (Click to enlarge)

Pl. XIII a. Qar, Room E, north wall, left (west) side (left), and Pl. XIII b. Qar, Room E, north wall, right (east) side (right)

Figure 30. Qar (G 7101). Room E. North wall (Click to enlarge)

Qar seated at table of offerings with cupboard list. At left: man and woman facing right seated together on a chair with lion legs and low back, over which a cushion is draped. The man has a curled shoulder-length wig and a short beard, a broad collar, bracelets on each arm, and a half-pleated skirt. With his left hand he holds a cylindrical ointment jar to his nose, and his right hand reaches forward toward the table of bread before him. His mother facing right sits close behind him and rests her left hand on his left shoulder while her right rests on the man’s body just above his waist. She has a short curled wig, a broad collar, and a bracelet on the right wrist. She wears a dress with one (?) shoulder strap, the hem at the legs not indicated. Above the man is an inscription in two lines right to left. (1)   Imy-r kꜣt nbt, (2) Ḳꜣr, “(1) overseer of all works, (2) Qar.” Over the woman is her name, Ḫnwt, “Khenut,” identifiable as his mother from another text (pl. VIII; fig. 24). 

Above, right: long cupboard list in two lines of 42 compartments each, extending full length of wall. Below, right: table of bread with eighteen loaves, to the right of which is a pile of food offerings and vessels filling the remainder of the wall.

Under the table of bread; left: figure of an unclothed boy facing left, his right hand touching the leg of the seated man. In his left hand he holds a bird. Text: sꜣ.(f) mry.f Idw, “his beloved son Idu.” To the right: small table on which stand two basins with ewers in them and a small vase. Above these objects, dbḥt ḥtp nt, “food requirements of” and traces of further signs (illegible) and ḫꜣ, “thousand.” Perhaps read dbḥt ḥtp nt pḫꜣ. To the right is the large heap of offerings.


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Room E, South Wall. Length ca. 2.20 m. (pls. XIII c, d; fig. 31). (Click to enlarge)

Pl. XIII c. Qar, Room E, south wall, left (east) side (left), and Pl. XIII d. Qar, Room E, south wall, right (west) side (right)

Figure 31. Qar (G7101). Room E. South wall (Click to enlarge)

A scene similar to that on the north wall, but in a poorer state of preservation. Decoration executed largely in plaster with only partial scoring of the stone. Much of the plaster coating has fallen away and much detail is lost. 

Upper part: portions of a cupboard list on the left in two rows of over 30 compartments each, its right end lost, originally extending over the table of bread as on the north wall. Near the right end of the wall are a few signs of an inscription reading left to right, similar to the corresponding inscription on the north wall. Ḫnty-š [Mry-Rꜥ-mn-nfr], “tenant farmer of Meryre-men-nefer.” Below this a few signs of a smaller inscription, imꜢḫw [Ḳꜣr], “the well provided [Qar].”

Lower part, left to right: remains of a pile of offerings, as on the north wall; a table of bread with 18 loaves. At the right is a figure of Qar facing left, seated on a chair with lion legs and low back over which a cushion is draped. He wears a shoulder-length wig and a short beard. His right arm is extended forward toward the table of bread and his left fist is clenched over his lap grasping a cloth or small object. In front of him are traces of a son touching his leg.


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Room E, West Wall. Length of Wall ca. 2.87 m. (pls. XIV a-c; fig. 32). (Click to enlarge)

Pl. XIV b. Qar, Room E, west wall, left of stela (left), and Pl. XIV c. Qar, Room E, west wall, right of stela (right)

Figure 32. Qar (G7101). Room E. West wall (Click to enlarge)

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West Wall; Stela. (Click to enlarge)

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Stela Legend
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Stela Legend

Pl. XIV a. Qar, Room E, west wall, stela

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Stela Legend
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Stela Legend

Figure 32. Qar (G7101). Room E. west wall (detail). Stela with reading directions.

Cut entirely in the natural rock, and decoration not completely legible. Slightly north of the center is the stela with cavetto cornice above, and in front of it, somewhat raised from general floor level, is a roughly cut offering slab of hetep-form. The stela is inscribed as follows: (1) Horizontal text across top. (2) Vertical text at outer right. (3) Vertical text at inner right. (4) Tablet at top center. (5) Horizontal band of text under tablet. (6) Vertical text at right under (5). (7) Vertical text at left under (5). (8) Vertical text at inner left under (1). (9) Vertical text at outer left.

(1)  Ḥtp di nswt Inpw tpy ḏw.f ḫnty sḥ-nṯr pr(t)-ḫrw (t ḥnḳt) n sš ꜥ nswt Ḳꜣr, “an offering which the king gives and Anubis upon his hill, foremost of the divine booth, an invocation offering (of bread and beer) for the king’s letter-scribe Qar.”

(2)  Pr(t)-ḫrw (t ḥnḳt) nt sš ꜥ nswt ḫft ḥr sꜣb imy-r sšw n kꜣt nb(t) Ḳꜣr, “an invocation offering (bread and beer) of the king’s letter-scribe in the presence, the sꜣb-official, overseer of the scribes of all the works Qar.”

(3)  Imꜣḫw ḫr Wsir sš ꜥ nswt ḫft ḥr sꜣb imy-r sšw Ḳꜣr, “well provided before Osiris, the king’s letter scribe in the presence, sꜣb-official, overseer of the scribes Qar.”

(4)  Tablet. Qar seated on left facing right on chair with lion legs before a table of bread. At top over table: Imꜣḫw Ḳꜣr, “the well provided Qar.” At right four items marked “thousand” bread, beer, linen, cattle; below, dbḥt-ḥtp, “food requirements.” Under the table of bread, right: a ewer and basin. At left traces.

(5)  Imꜣḫw ḫr nṯr-ꜥꜣ Mry-Rꜥ-nfr, “well provided before the great god, Meryre-nefer.”

(6)  Ḫnty-š Mry-Rꜥ-mn-nfr Mry-Rꜥ-nfr, “tenant farmer of Meryre-mennefer, Meryre-nefer.”

(7)  Ḫnty-š Mry-Rꜥ-mn-nfr Ḳꜣr, “tenant farmer of Meryre-mennefer, Qar.”

(8)  Imꜣḫw ḫr nṯr-ꜥꜣ sš ꜥ nswt ḫft ḥr ir(?) ḥtpt sb imꜣḫ Ḳꜣr, “well provided before the great god, king’s letter scribe in the presence, who acquired offerings, and who attained a well provided state, Qar.”

(9)  Imꜣḫw ḫr Wsir sꜣb imy-r sšw ḥry-sštꜣ n mdwt(?) nb Ḳꜣr, “well provided before Osiris, sꜣb-official, overseer of scribes, privy-counsellor, Qar.”


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Room E, west wall: south of stela. (Click to enlarge)

Two registers, only in part preserved. Traces doubtful. Register (1). mrḥt, “oil,” with a small table on which stand a small vase and (perhaps) a cake; a large cylinder vase; a large jug with single handle; another cylinder vase; a sealed jar with two loop handles. Register (2). Man advancing right, shoulder length wig and short skirt, his right arm raised in front holding a bird, left arm (unclear) hanging. Above him the caption: ḥwt-ꜥꜣt ẖry tp nswt, “first under the king of the great estate (?).” Perhaps read ḥḳꜣ in front. Remains of a second man advancing right, carrying in front of him a large bird (by the neck?); legs of a third man advancing right, whatever he is carrying is unclear and possibly incorrectly drawn.


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Room E, west wall: north of stela. (Click to enlarge)

Four registers. Register (1): A cylinder vase, a jug with single handle; another cylinder vase. Miscellaneous traces of signs, possibly including [m]rḥ[t]. Register (2). Jug with single handle; cylindrical vase; basin with cover. Register (3) facing left. Inscription: ḥꜣtt n ṯḥnw, “first quality Lybian oil;” sealed cylinder jar of veined alabaster (?); a bag on a stand, above which are miscellaneous signs; a bag on a stand, above which are traces of signs. Register (4). Text: ḥtp di nswt imꜣḫw ḫr Wsir Ḳꜣr, “an offering which the king gives (for) the well provided before Osiris, Qar.” Standing man facing left with shoulder-length wig and pointed skirt; he gestures forward with right arm and his left arm hangs behind him holding a scroll (?). Text: in sꜣ.(f)...Idw, “it is (his) son… Idu.”

Photos from the Archive

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

Cemetery G 7000, G 7101, Qar, room E, W wall, false door, looking W

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

Cemetery G 7000, G 7101, Qar, room E, W wall, false door, looking West

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

G 7101, Qar, room E, E wall, N of doorway to room D, looking E

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

G 7101, Qar, room E, E wall, S of doorway to room D, looking E

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

G 7101, Qar, room E, N wall, E half, looking N

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

G 7101, Qar, room E, W wall, false door, looking W

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

G 7101, Qar, room E, W wall, false door, looking West

Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras
Mastaba Complex of Qar - Section 5 Extras

G 7101, Qar, room E, W wall, N of false door, looking W

 

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