FIG. 57. CLIFF-TOMB OF
AN EGYPTIAN NOBLE OF THE FEUDAL AGE
This tomb is not a masonry structure like the tomb of
the Pyramid Age (Fig. 42),
but it is cut into the face of the cliff. The chapel entered through this
door contains painted reliefs like those of the Pyramid Age (Figs.
43-47) and also many written records. In this chapel the noble
tells of his kind treatment of his people; he says: “There was no citizen’s
daughter whom I misused; there was no widow whom I oppressed; there was
no peasant whom I evicted; there was no shepherd whom I expelled; . . .
there was none wretched in my community, there was none hungry in my time.
When years of famine came I plowed all the fields of the Oryx barony [his
estate] preserving its people alive and furnishing its food so that
there was none hungry therein. I gave to the widow as to her who had a
husband; I did not exalt the great above the humble in anything that
I gave” (§ 100). All this we can
read inscribed in this tomb.