Mereruka held the title "Vizier of the King (Teti) of Upper and Lower Egypt", an office which made him the second most powerful person in the state, as both Prime Minister and Chief Justice. Not only was he a vizier of Teti, but also the husband of his daughter, who was also buried in the mastaba.
The mastaba was discovered by J. de Morgan, the then director general of the Services of Antiquities, in July 1893. It is located in the north-east section of the Necropolis of Saqqara, not far from the edge of the Giza Plateau, just to the north of the Pyramid of Teti, the first pharaoh of Sixth Dynasty.
During this time, the large aristocratic families attained increasing power which became apparent in the size and quality of the decoration of their mastabas. Power of the pharaohs, on the ot...Read More