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Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor referred by QV 55, located in Valley of Queens in West bank of Luxor. Amenherkhepshef is the son of Ramses III and the Great royal wife Titi. In fact, Titi listed in the tomb (QV 52) as God’s Wife and God’s Mother. Moreover, her tomb lies nearby and includes some of the same titles on its walls. The tombs of the sons of Ramses III indeed are the finest monuments in the Valley of the Queens. In fact, Amenherkhepshef died in about the 30th year of Ramses III‘s reign. It was when he was around 15 years old. Though some of his titles may show an older age. He was not one of the king’s elder sons. Though he did maintain many important positions within the court. He was the fan bearer to the right of the king.
In fact, the reliefs at Medinet Habu and Karnak temple mentioned this. It is a role more important then it sounds. He was a royal scribe and a cavalry commander. Moreover, he was also the “Superior of the Two Lands”. He had a role in the management of the administrative affairs of the kingdom of Egypt. Throughout Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor, he wears the side locks of a youth. We find a stela in the Valley of the Dolmen at the sanctuary of Ptah and Meretseger. It is with a partial image of the prince, which must have been an ex-voto in honor of him. It crafted by the artisans who worked on the construction of this eternal house. He also attested to by another fragmentary stela from Deir el-Medina. It is where he is in the presence of an unknown brother.
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Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor discovered in 1903. While it completely looted, the structure itself and decorations were in excellent condition. In fact, Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor discovered during the second excavation campaign. It conducted by the Italian Archaeological Mission conducted between 1903 and 1904. Moreover, Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor has a simple plan, consisting of a short flight of steps. They lead to a descending entrance ramp followed by an antechamber or entrance hall. Moreover, the hall has an annex to the northwest. It followed by the sarcophagus chamber, where the sarcophagus discovered. This room also has an unfinished side annex to the northwest. Beyond the sarcophagus chamber there is also a chamber. It was to provide access to the domain of the god Osiris, where the prince’s sarcophagus now located.
The decorative theme of Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor features only Amenherkhepshef and his father. It is along with various gods. In fact, an inscription tells us that it quarried at the request of the king for his “great royal children”. We are certain that it not used by other princes. After the initial entrance corridor in the antechamber on the left, we first find scenes. They depict this pharaoh leading his son, who carries a broad fan of feathers. It is to meet the great god, Ptah, after which Ramses III intercedes for his son before Ptah-Tatenen. This followed by two genies, including Duamutef with the head of a black dog and Imset with a human head. In fact, these are sons of Horus and protectors of the canopic jars.
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In each of these, the crowns and royal headgear are different. Next we find a fragmentary depiction of Ramses III between Isis and Thoth. Furthermore, on the opposite wall to either side of the annex doorway, are scenes. They represent Ramses III followed by the prince before Shu, Qebhsenuef, Hapy. On the rear wall of the antechamber are scenes showing Ramses III. He introduces his son into the presence of the goddesses Isis (to the left and Hathor is to the right). On the left Ramses III wears make up, and wars the nemes with the uraeus at the front. On the right wall, Hathor wishes the king “an eternity of jubilees and an eternity of life and strength”. Then on the door jambs to the original sarcophagus chamber are depictions. They are of Isis and Nephthys performing the njnj (purification) rite.
Within the antechamber, we find Ramses III wearing a rather rare three part costume. They consist of a tunic of fine, transparent fabric. The sleeves, bordered with beads, form a flounce.Over this worn a corselet adorned by two embroidered falcons on the flaps. It clings to the upper part of the chest and the shoulders of the king. Finally, there is a loincloth at the front, with the classic apron over it. The annex leading off of this chamber undercoated. On the inside of the door jambs of the sarcophagus chamber are scenes to either side. They depict Horus Iun-mutef. On the left wall we encounter chapters 145 and 146 of the Book of the Dead. Here, the pharaoh followed by Amenherkhepshef before texts. He also followed by doors, the genies Iukenty (with an ox’s head) and Qutgetef.
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They related to the seventh and eighth gates, of the kingdom of Osiris. Furthermore, on the opposite wall we also find the same chapters from the Book of the Dead. But here the genies are Heneb-reku (with a black dog’s head) and Sematy (with a ram’s head). They are from the fifth and sixth gates, of the kingdom of Osiris. On the architrave leading to the last chamber we find the winged solar disk. It represents the god Horus-Behedety above two uraei serpents. They represent the goddesses Wadjet and Nekhbet carrying Shen symbols surrounding the royal names. The last room undercoated. Recent research revealed that Amenherkhepshef never buried in Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor. As it turns out, there is another sarcophagus which designed for Queen Tausert.
It altered for this son of Ramses III and discovered in the tomb of chancellor Bay (KV 13). We have no idea why this tomb not used for the prince’s burial. Little in the way of artifacts discovered in Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor. The unfinished pink granite sarcophagus found in the sarcophagus chamber. It later moved to the rear most chamber. Schiaparelli discovered a small wooden casket holding a fetus. It wrapped in the bandages used for the process of embalming in the Valley of Prince Ahmes. Valley of Prince Ahmes is a lateral wadi. It opens into the lowest part of the southern side of the Valley of Queens. Today, the remains contained in a small urn housed in the rear chamber of Amenherkhepshef tomb Luxor.
Entrance to Amunherkhopshef Tomb Luxor:
Amunherkhopshef Tomb Luxor is currently open to visitors. Ticket for Valley of the Queens can bought at the gate. It costs 35 Egyptian pound for three tombs including Amunherkhopshef tomb Luxor. Photography inside the tombs forbidden and can incur heavy fines.