President Obama Visits Giza

June 4, 2009

President Obama toured the Giza Pyramids today. Zahi Hawass showed him around, and also took him into the tomb of Qar, a small Dynasty 6 subterranean chapel with engaged statuary on the east side of the Great Pyramid.

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Zahi Hawass tours President Obama around the Pyramids.

This tomb, numbered G 7101, was excavated in 1924-25 by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition. The tomb is published in Giza Mastabas 4: The Mastabas of Qar and Idu, by William Kelly Simpson, and a free download of the entire publication is available on our Giza Digital Library page.

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The tomb of Qar (G 7101), as it appeared shortly after excavation, on December 6, 1924. Today the tomb is protected by a modern roof.

The president saw a hieroglyphic her face, a sign that is carved frontally, and he remarked that the prominent ears reminded him of himself.

The hieroglyphic face sign pronounced 'her' (sounds like "hair") that President Obama saw in the tomb of Qar.

The hieroglyphic face sign pronounced 'her' (sounds like "hair") that President Obama saw in the tomb of Qar.

This hieroglyph, often standing for the preposition meaning “because, on account of,” is a standard sign, and was not intended to show the likeness of Qar himself.

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Interior chambers and statues in the tomb of Qar, as it appears today.

For more photos of this tomb, simply type “G 7101” in the Search box on the Giza Archives Web site. Qar’s tomb page also contains QTVR 360-degree interactive panoramas showing every chamber of the tomb.

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