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Tombs of Mekhu and Sabni Tombs of Mekhu and Sabni
Photo by Raymon Kondos © 2009 Your Egypt

The tombs belong to two governors in the reign of Pepi II. The tombs are joined together to form one rectangular hall with double entrances.
   
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Mekhu was heading a campaign in NubiaWhat does it mean? when he was killed. His son, Sabni, led a punitive expedition to punish the responsible tribe and restore his father's corpse. He informed King Pepi II who sent his personal embalmers to mummify the deceased hero.

The tomb of Mekhu, to the left side has 18 columns and a nicheWhat does it mean? in the back wall. Decorations show daily life scenes of Mekhu. Sabni's tomb -however- includes 14 square pillars. Reliefs at the back wall show Sabni in hunting trip with his daughters.

The tomb's façade records the autobiographical story of Sabni regarding his successful expedition to get back his father's corpse.

       
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