Tomb of Menkaure – 1955

I apologize for the poor quality of this photo, but I could not clean it very well due to how the slide is preserved. But, I thought this photo of the Tomb of Menkaure was still very interesting. Mostly because I have never heard of Menkaure.

Tomb of Menkaure

Old photo of the Tomb of Menkaure from 1955

The Tomb of Menkaure is the smallest of the three pyramids in the Giza Complex. Menkaure (also known as Mykerinos and Menkheres) was a ruler of the 4th Dynasty of Egypt. It started about 2530 BC. He ruled between 18 and 22 years and died in 2500 BC.

He was thought to have two wives, Queen Khamerernebty II (his eldest sister,) and Queen Rekhetre. Unfortunately he did not have many children, Khuenre, Shepseskaf (who succeeded his father as Pharaoh,) Sekhemre, an unnamed daughter who died in early adulthood, and Khentkaus I.

One of the most interesting things about Menkaure is that more statues of him exist then any other 4th Dynasty ruler. Many of which are in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the British Museum thanks to work in 1837 by an English Army officer by the name of Richard William Howard Vyse and the engineer John Shae Perring. His actual sarcophagus was lost in a ship wreck off of Malta in 1838 while it was being shipped to England.

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