September 4, 2013

Deir el Medina: Tomb of Sennudjem (i)

Deir el Medina:

Deir el Medina

Tomb of Sennudjem (i)
This is the tomb of the Servant in the Place of Truth in the reign of Ramses II. A narrow flight of stairs leads us to a single chamber with a low curved roof. Opposite the entrance are two particularly  noteworthy scenes. To the left Anubis, god of embalming, leans over the mummy of the deceased which lies on a lion-headed couch, and Osiris is depicted before an offering table flanked by two protective Horus eyes. To the right, is a fine, formal funerary feast with the presentation of offerings and perfumes, and the deceased being led by Anubis.

Tomb of Sennudjem (i)

The roof is decorated with scenes showing the opening of the door of the tomb, the journey through the underworld and different chapters from the mortuary literature. The delightful agricultural scene on the right-hand wall, showing ripe wheat fields, fruits and flowers, is undoubtedly a vision of what Sennudjem hoped to enjoy in the afterlife.

Tomb of Sennudjem (i)

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