A view inside the newly-dicovered tomb of the ancient Egyptian nobleman "Khewi".
In a major archaeological discovery, Egypt on Saturday unveiled the tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official adorned with colourful reliefs and well preserved inscriptions.
The tomb, near Saqqara, a vast necropolis south of Cairo, belongs to a senior official named Khuwy who is believed to have been a nobleman during the Fifth Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt about 4300 years ago.
"The L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber with painted reliefs depicting the tomb owner seated at an offerings table," said Mohamed Megahed, the excavation team's head, in an antiquities ministry statement.
Flanked by dozens of ambassadors, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enani said the tomb was discovered last month.
It is mostly made of white limestone bricks.
Ornate paintings boast a special green resin throughout and oils used in the burial process, the ministry said.
The tomb's north wall indicates that its design was inspired by the architectural blueprint of the dynasty's royal pyramids, the statement added.
Mohamed Mujahid, head of the Egyptian mission which discovered the tomb, posing for a "selfie" photograph on a cell phone.
The excavation team has unearthed several tombs related to the Fifth Dynasty.
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