Ip (civil servant)

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Ip in hieroglyphics
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1st title
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head of the palace

Ip is the name of a high ancient Egyptian official of the 1st Dynasty , who reigned under King ( Pharaoh ) Den .

supporting documents

IP's name appears on his grave stele along with a title and a determinative of a seated man. According to the accompanying inscription, he was "Head of the Palace". The stele is made of limestone and is broken off to the left. As it stands today, it is 51.80 cm high and 25.30 cm wide. It is now in the British Museum under inventory number 35021.


Ip was buried in a side grave of the royal necropolis Tomb T des Den at Abydos . Until the beginning of the 2nd dynasty , it was an ancient Egyptian tradition that some members of the royal family had to follow the ruler to their death.

See also


  • William Matthew Flinders Petrie : The royal tombs of the first dynasty: 1900. Part I (= Memoir of the Egypt Exploration Fund. Volume 18). Egypt Exploration Fund et al., London 1900, ( digitization ), plate 31, object 23 ( online ).
  • AJ Spencer: Early dynastic objects (= Catalog of Egyptian antiquities in the British Museum. Volume 5) British Museum Publications, London 1980; P. 16.
  • Wolfgang Helck : Investigations on the thinite period (= Egyptological treatises. Volume 45). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1987, ISBN 3-447-02677-4 , p. 214.