Tomb of two Brothers

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Statuettes found in the tomb

The Tomb of two Brothers is the modern name given to the burial of the Egyptian priests Nakht-ankh and Khnum-nakht. The burial was found in 1907 in Rifeh by Flinders Petrie and it was untouched.

The burial chamber of the two individuals was found in a small chamber placed within the courtyard of a bigger tomb, perhaps once belonging to a governor buried at Rifeh. The tomb chamber contained a set of two coffins, one outer wooden box coffin and one inner anthropoid coffin for each of the tomb owners. Next to the coffins was found a canopic box with four canopic vessels. There were three statuettes of the tomb owners. Also, some wooden models of servants, models of boats and some pottery vessels. The whole tomb group is now in the Manchester Museum.

The mummies of the tomb owners were already heavily decayed when found and basically just preserved as skeletons. They had the title son of a governor. Khnum-nakht was also great wab priest of Khnum.

The tomb group is one of the best preserved and best known burials of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom.


  • Rosalie David: The Two Brothers, Death and Afterlife in Middle Kingdom Egypt, Rutherford Press, Bolton 2007 ISBN 978-0-9547622-3-0