Saturday saw the opening of an Ancient Egyptian tomb dating back to the Old Kingdom, making it now accessible to the public for the first time since it was first discovered in 1939.

The tomb belonged to Ancient Egyptian vizier Mehu, and is located at the Saqqara Necropolis. Inside the burial chamber, there are more than six compartments, and 48 names carved onto the walls. There are also inscriptions of the tomb’s owner, depicting him hunting, fishing, harvesting, cooking, and doing some acrobatic dances – things that were reportedly never drawn before the sixth dynasty.

“The tomb is one of the most beautiful in Saqqara Necropolis because it still keeps its vivid colours and distinguished scenes,” Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said. “Among the [strangest] scenes is the one depicting the marriage of crocodiles, [in the presence of] a turtle.”

It was reported that the tomb underwent restoration work before being open to the public. Twelve ambassadors attended the opening of the tomb.

The Ancient Egyptian tomb was originally discovered in 1939 by Egyptologist Zaki Saad.

Main image from New China.