3 facts to know about the excavated ancient Egyptian tomb “Hetpet”

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n light of unveiling information about the recently excavated ancient Egyptian 4,400 years old tomb of a lady called “Hetpet”, the Ministry of antiquities describes the secrets of the tomb in a press release on Monday.

A senior official at the royal palace during the end of the fifth Dynasty, Hetpet was buried in a tomb that was recently discovered at a western cemetery located in Giza earlier last week by an Egyptian archaeological mission led by the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa El Waziri.

1. The tomb speaks about the Fifth Dynasty 

Hetpet was buried in a tomb featuring several architectural styles and decorative elements that were common among burial chambers and tombs of the fifth Dynasty. Beyond the entrance of the tomb, an “L” shape shrine with purification basin is found where at its western rare end a rectangular arcade is found lining with incense.

2. Hetpet a passionate mother in heart, a dominant icon in society 

A priestess to the goddess of fertility Hathor who was known for helping women during birth, Hetpet is portrayed in some of the paintings throughout the tomb standing in different scenarios in her life where she is hunting, fishing, or sitting with her children on a large table.

Hathor is depicted on the walls as a cow however stands as a strong symbol of motherhood and love which links to Hetpet where she is painting on the walls sitting with her children on a large table engaging in a conversation and receiving offerings from them. A prestigious icon in society at the time, Hetpet had strong connections with many members of the royal family.

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