1 - Tomb of Khnumet
and Ita (intact)
2 - Tomb of Itaweret
3 - Tomb of Keminub and
of the tomb by Jacques de Morgan in 1894 / 95:
During his second
season of work at Dahshur (in his first season De Morgan had
found the burials of Princess Sithathor and Queen Meret in the
pyramid enclosure of Sesostris III), De Morgan found four intact
burials - three of which were of royalty.
The illustration of De
Morgan is from the 'illustrated London News' and shows the dramatic
moment of the discovery of Queen Khnumet's diadem (see below).
Tombs were at the bottom of deep pits in stone constructions
which had to be dismantled before the grave could be entered.
of Khnumet (daughter of Amenemhet II, Queen of Sesostris II):
Princess Ita's mummy, Princess Khumet's head rested on a round
circle of beaten earth. At the neck was a collar formed of gold
beads and various signs in gold, encrusted with stones of carnelian,
emerald and lapis lazuli. The two ends of the jewel were formed
by falcon-heads of solid gold , encrusted with lapis lazuli and
of the arms was ornamented with three bracelets ....Two, placed
near the wrists, were supplied with closures carrying the ankh
sign inlaid with lapis lazuli.
furnishings of this mummy were very resplendent" - Jacques
is shown wrapped in her coffin (Left), along with staves and
grave goods. To the right are boxes, tables and pottery vessels
The diadem /
floral circlet of Khnumet - showing golden water weeds and flowers
A golden collar
with semi-precious stones, lapis lazuli and pastes
of Ita (daughter of Amenemhet II) :-
found include - collar, bracelets, bead apron, swallow amulet,
beads and dagger.
line copy of the sarcophagus of Ita - it is one of the earliest
examples of the 'Court type' of coffin - there are no external
texts, the only decoration coming from the inlaid eyes and gilded
of Itaweret (daughter
of Amenemhet II): -
Objects found include
- collar, bracelets, girdle, beads and dagger.
The collar found
on the mummy of Itaweret