Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet

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Meet Wahibreemakhet

This is Wahibreemakhet (Wah-ib-re-em-akhet). He is the owner of this black basalt sarcophagus (230 x 94 x 105 cm). The portrayal of Wahibreemakhet on this sarcophagus seems to be traditional for an Egyptian sarcophagus: the black color, the wig, and the divine beard. But while his sarcophagus looks very typically Egyptian, a closer look at the inscription on the bottom tells us that Wahibreemakhet might have a Greek background.

But before we get to that, let us first have a good look at what is depicted and inscribed on this impressive sarcophagus, what it all means, and what it tells us about its owner.