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The tomb of Kagemni

It is raised above the level of the floor, and approached by a flight of steps. Its upper part is missing, but on the whole it remains very well preserved.
• Its right and left uprights are formed of three engraved panels, each being inset deeper toward the middle, achieving a stepped aspect. They each carry vertical columns of hieroglyphs, pointing out the deceased's titles, and his two names (Kagemni and Memi).
• The central, very narrow opening is painted in orange and is surmounted by a thin roller bearing the name of Kagemni. As in a terrestrial dwelling, this roller is the equivalent of the blind protecting an opening without door.
Through this opening, situated directly above of the underground funeral chambers, the Ka of Kagemni could leave and re-enter the sarcophagus, and come to satiate himself from the food offerings which were presented for him in front of the stela door.
If by misfortune his funerary cult should fall into oblivion, the Ka always had at his disposition the representations on the walls, which magically assumed the same role.
• Above the roller, the deceased is represented seated in front of a table decorated with "thousands of breads, beer, alabaster, head of livestock, etc., achieving that which Egyptological jargon names a "placard". This formula of wishes was also intended for the living, who had to recite it in a loud voice, so that it became a reality in the beyond.


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