The dual king Neferirkare , arising as king on the day of the taking of the prowrope of the god’s boat . Now, the Sem-priest Rawer was over the feet of His Majesty, in his dignity Sem-priest of the royal equipment, when a staff which was in the hand of His Majesty blocked the feet of the Sem-priest Rawer.
His Majesty said: “Be healthy!” So spoke His Majesty. Now His Majesty said: “It is the desire of my Majesty that he be very healthy, without a strike for him.”
Now he was more august before His Majesty than any man, and His Majesty commanded (it) to be put into writing on his tomb, which is in the necropolis.
And his Majesty caused a document to be made in writing, by the side of the king himself, at the Esh-building of the Palace, to be written in accordance with what was said, in his tomb which is in the necropolis.
The tomb biography of the sem-priest Rawer. Old Kingdom, 5th Dynasty.
Rawer describes an incident in which he was tripped up the by the king, and the king’s response, which apparently included giving Rawer permission to record the incident in his tomb. Although this may seem an odd thing to put on a tomb wall to a modern reader, for an official of the Old Kingdom, access to the king was a sign of importance, and by emphasising his close physical proximity to the king, Rawer emphasised his influence.
The purpose of the Esh-building of the palace is not known.