Qar (doctor)

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For the pharaoh of the 16th Dynasty, see Qar (pharaoh).

Qar was a doctor during the Sixth dynasty of Egypt, which lasted from about 2350 to 2180 BC. He was the royal physician.[1]

Qar tomb[edit]

Adil Hussein discovered his tomb[2] north of the pyramid of Sekhemkhet in 2001.[3] He died at the age of fifty years[4] and his mummified remains were discovered by archaeologists in December 2006 in his mastaba at Saqqara, Egypt.[5] As many other tomb in Saqqara, his tomb was re-used several times.[6]

Tomb contents[edit]

Beside his mummy in the limestone sarcophagus, there was the metal (Bronze[7] or copper[8][9]) surgical tools that were entombed alongside his remains.[10] They might be the oldest surgical tool in the world.[11] They are now preserved in Imhotep museum.[12][13]

Also 22 bronze statues were unearthed representing different deities in various shapes and sizes including Ptah, Horus-the- child (also known as Harpocrates) and Isis. A statuette of Imhotep[14] the physician, the great engineer and builder of Djoser's pyramid complex, was also among the statuettes found by the team.[15]

Legacy in museums[edit]

His mummy and findings from his tomb are preserved in the Imhotep Museum at Saqqara.[16]

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