Egypt's Saqqara tomb opens to the public post-restoration

'Vivid colors' of 4,300 years ago

12 September, 12:40

    CAIRO - The Egyptian antiquities ministry said it was opening one of the ''most beautiful'' tombs of Egypt's Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo to the public for the first time since it was discovered in 1940. Prior to the inauguration of the 'Tomb of Mehu', restoration works were carried out, the ministry said last week in showing visitors the tomb dating back to the sixth dynasty, about 4,300 years ago. The tomb is enlivened by ''vivid colors'' and the scenes depicted, such as a ''marriage of crocodiles'' in the presence of a turtle. The ministry said that the most important scenes were those representing the owner of the tomb while he was hunting in the jungle and fishing. There are also scenes of ''harvesting, cooking and acrobatic dance'', the last being a subject that had never before been seen in Saqqara prior to the sixth dynasty, the ministry's Facebook post said. Mehu was a dignitary that lived under King Pepsi with title such as ''Vizier'' and ''Head of the Juries'', as seen in etchings on the walls of the tomb and his sarcophagus. HIs tome - which has a narrow corridor onto which six chambers are attached - also holds relatives such as his son Mery Re Ankh and grandson Hetep Ka II. 

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