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101. The Director's Tour, First Floor: Mastaba Tomb of Perneb

Gallery 100


This limestone structure takes us back to ancient Egypt almost 4500 years ago. It is the tomb of a high official named Perneb, and comes from an ancient cemetery called Saqqara. As you enter the tomb, look for a large doorway that is flanked by two depictions of Perneb. As you walk through this doorway you enter the tomb chapel just as Perneb’s relatives must have done. The actual burial was underground and not accessible after the funeral. But this above-ground structure is where relatives and priests would have come to say prayers for the deceased and to make offerings. This was in order to supply Perneb with the provisions that he was thought to need in the afterlife. Take a look at the dense decoration. Cattle are being slaughtered and offering bearers bring all kinds of foodstuffs. These images were thought to magically come alive and to thus provide the deceased with everlasting provisions. The Egyptians believed that life continued after death and much great art and architecture was produced that reflects this belief.

Perneb’s tomb is a gateway to the Egyptian art collection at The Met, which is one of the most comprehensive outside of Egypt. Perneb’s tomb was excavated by the Egyptian Antiquities Service. It was purchased by The Metropolitan Museum from the Egyptian government in 1913. The Met then worked to move it from Egypt to New York, where it’s been displayed in these galleries since 1916.

The next stop on the tour is the display of ancient models from the Tomb of Meketre. To find them, exit Perneb’s monument and turn left. Then continue through the Egyptian galleries and look for a carpeted room on your right.


  1. 101. The Director's Tour, First Floor: Mastaba Tomb of Perneb
  2. 3215. Ivory Comb and Ceremonial Palette
  3. 3235. Relief Depicting Personified Estates from the Tomb of Akhtihotep
  4. 3255. Nikauhor Chapel Wall
  5. 3277. King Sahure and a Nome God, Part 1
  6. 3285. Statue of Mentuhotep II
  7. 3295. Funerary Boat being Rowed
  8. 1123. Pectoral of Sithathoryunet
  9. 3355. Hippopotamus
  10. 3276. Seated Statue of Hatshepsut
  11. 3390. Funerary mask of Hatnefer
  12. 3400. Jewelry of Three Wives of Thutmose III
  13. 3415. Arm Panel from a Throne of Thutmose IV
  14. 3420. Dog and Gazelle
  15. 3460. Head of Tutankhamun
  16. 3585. Haremhab as a Scribe
  17. 3500. Nauny's Funerary Papyri
  18. 103. Met Fifth Avenue Highlights Tour, First Floor
  19. 3274. Statue of the Goddess Sakhmet
  20. 3575. Mummy of Artemidora
  21. 1000. Marble Female Figure
  22. 1034. Fragments of a marble statue of the Diadoumenos (youth tying a fillet around his head)
  23. 1037. Marble statue of a wounded warrior
  24. 1085. Marble column from the Temple of Artemis at Sardis
  25. 1283. Marble statue of a youthful Hercules
  26. 851. Kids: Choir Screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid
  27. 114. The Director's Tour, First Floor: Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba
  28. 113. Bis Poles
  29. 2280. Overview: The Lauzun Room, Part 1
  30. 2280. Overview: The Lauzun Room, Part 2
  31. 3805. Autumn Landscape
  32. 3870. Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
  33. 811. Kids: Living Room from the Francis W. Little House: Windows and paneling
  34. 1850. Woman in an Armchair, Part 1
  35. 1816. The Eternally Obvious
  36. 4780. Portrait of Gerard de Lairesse
  37. 5075. Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints
  38. 949. Kids: Ritual Altar Table (Jin)
  39. 7360. Spouted Ritual Wine Vessel (Guang)
  40. 7395. Jar (Hu), Part 1
  41. 8978. Jar (Hu), Part 2
  42. 7410. Architectural Models
  43. 8990. Overview: Tang Dynasty - Glazed Pottery
  44. 8991. Overview: The Silk Road
  45. 7447. Arhat (Luohan), Part 1
  46. 7447. Arhat (Luohan), Part 2
  47. 7451. Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in "Water Moon" Form (Shuiyue Guanyin), Part 1
  48. 7453. Buddha Maitreya (Mile fo), Part 1
  49. 7453. Buddha Maitreya (Mile fo), Part 2
  50. 8935. Water Stone
  51. 7900. A Pair of Royal Earrings, Part 1
  52. 7902. A Pair of Royal Earrings, Part 2
  53. 958. A Pair of Royal Earrings, Part 3
  54. 961. Kids: Standing Ganesha
  55. 7980. Overview: Jain Meeting Hall
  56. 8000. Krishna on Garuda
  57. 128. The Director's Tour, Second Floor: Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, Part 1
  58. 130. The Director's Tour, Second Floor: Damascus Room
  59. 4340. Washington Crossing the Delaware
  60. 6014. Joan of Arc
  61. 6024. Odalisque in Grisaille, Part 1
  62. 6052. The Forest in Winter at Sunset
  63. 6170. A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?)
  64. 6122. Woman with a Parrot
  65. 6004. The Horse Fair
  66. 6005. The Dance Class
  67. 6168. The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer
  68. 6410. Garden at Sainte-Adresse
  69. 6364. The Daughters of Catulle Mendès, Huguette (1871–1964), Claudine (1876–1937), and Helyonne (1879–1955)
  70. 6382. The Path through the Irises
  71. 6402. Shoes
  72. 6406. The Siesta
  73. 6408. Odalisque with Gray Trousers
  74. 6009. Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary), Part 1
  75. 6017. Mäda Primavesi (1903–2000)
  76. 6342. Study for "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte"