Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet

Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet

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Basalt sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet (230 x 94 x 105 cm). It probably originates from Saqqara and dates from the 26th Dynasty (664 - 525 BCE). Lid and coffin combined weigh approximately 3000 kg. It is inscribed with religious spells and decorated with depictions of multiple Egyptian gods and goddesses.

This typical Egyptian sarcophagus actually belonged to Wahibreemakhet, a Greek-Egyptian. His parents had Greek names: Alexikles and Zenodote. Wahibreemakhet bore the title seal-bearer of the king, which is a well-known Egyptian title. His title and the quality of his sarcophagus suggest he was a wealthy man.

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  • Wahibreemakhet, a Greek in Egypt?

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    This impressive sarcophagus belonged to Wahibreemakhet. Decorated with depictions of gods and inscribed with funerary spells, this is a traditional Egyptian sarcophagus. However, the owner was someone with a Greek background...

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