Inherkhau tomb Luxor Egypt tours, booking, prices, reviews
Inherkhau tomb Luxor Egypt TT 359 located in the necropolis of Deir el Medina on the West Bank at Luxor. In fact the tomb indeed has rich and refined decorations. Moreover, the tomb represents some of the best artistic work of the 20th Dynasty. Inherkhau tomb is the only tomb in this necropolis that we know which dates back to that dynasty. There are decorations in an upper chamber and the burial chamber. Furthermore, all painted on a yellow background. In fact, Inherkhau had the title “Foreman of the Lord of the Two Lands in the Place of Truth”. He lived and also worked during the time reigns of Ramses III and Ramses IV in the 20th Dynasty. He also had an important position in life, and so in death in his tomb.
On the West Bank, at Thebes, work on tombs supervised by two foreman. One of whom was responsible for work on the left side of the tomb. The other was in charge of the right side. It was a position at which first appointed by the vizier, but later became hereditary. Foreman also worked with a scribe to distribute materials for work and payment. They were also prominent in the local court. The foreman assisted by a deputy, who was usually a relative. Inherkhau’s great grandfather obtained the position of foreman during the reign of Ramses II. The family held onto this position. Inherkau joined the workforce as an ordinary laborer. At the age of 17, he became his father’s deputy foreman. He may have worked as late as the reign of Ramses VII.
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The upper chamber of Inherkhau tomb Luxor has scenes from the Book of Gates. Moreover, it also has text from the Book of the Dead. Furthermore,iIt also has one image of Inherkhau and his wife facing kings and queens. In this last scene, the couple offers incense to kings and queens of the 18th through 20th Dynasty. On the ceiling are unusual patterns. They made up of rosettes and spirals intertwined with the names of Inherkau and his wife, Wabet. There are also other patterns as well, and each separated by lines of text. Moreover, another pattern depicts the heads of cattle topped with a sun disk. It is between yellow spirals. But the most beautiful pictures those found in the deep burial chamber.
In fact, they feature seventeen scenes. Moreover, they are also in three registers to the left and fourteen scenes in three registers to the right. The scenes on the left deal with the after world. Those on the right portray mythological creatures. Upon entering the burial chamber, we encounter a scene on the left front wall. It is of relatives offering libations to the deceased. The first significant scene we encounter on the left wall depicts the god Thoth. It introduces the deceased into the presence of Osiris.
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Next, we find a distinctive scene of Inherkhau dressed in leopard skin like a priest. His head shaved. Next there is a depiction of the souls of Pe and of Nekhen paying respect to the deceased. Moreover, the next scene is indeed a wonderful painting of a blind harpist. He plays before Inherkhau and his wife. The last significant scene on this wall is a well known portrayal of the Cat of Heliopolis. It kills the serpent Apophis under the Persia holy tree. The cat also linked with the sun god Ra. In fact, in Egyptian mythology, the bargue of the sun god threatened by the snake. Moreover, it is daily as it passed through the underworld. This snake is a symbol of chaos that had to killed.
Other scenes on the left wall also include the deceased worshiping a Benu-bird. It wears the crown of the god Osiris. They also include the deceased worshiping Horus in the form of a falcon and Anubis. Moreover, they offer a heart to the the mummy of the deceased. The heart believed by the ancient Egyptians to be the seat of human intelligence. It was one of the few organs which not removed from the body during mummification. The back wall of the chamber at Inherkhau tomb Luxor indeed is beautiful. Moreover,it is with a scene depicting the deceased with his two sons, Kenna and Armin. They offer two torches to the god Ptah, on the left and Osiris on the right.
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At the rear of the right wall, the first significant scene represents the deceased and his wife. They receiving offerings from two of their sons. It is while four grandchildren play about their feet. The top register depicts Inherkhau worshiping the four jackals. They pulling the solar bark during its nighttime journey. In the bottom register, the deceased is in the presence of five priests. The first of whom is holding a rod with a ram’ head. Other scenes on the right wall depict the deceased adoring the horizon. They also depict the deceased seated with relatives, one of whom carries a snake rod.
Moreover, they also depict the deceased worshiping a snake and the deceased worshiping his ba. The ba was one form of the human soul according to Egyptian mythology. In fact, no funerary equipment survived from the tomb. So it must assumed that it robbed during antiquity. Inherkhau tomb Luxor visited as early as the beginning of the 19th century. After that time, collectors have been responsible for removing scenes. But much of the tomb spared.
Entrance to Inherkhau tomb Luxor:
Inherkau tomb situated next to Sennedjem to in Deir el Medina. Inherkhau tomb Luxor opens from 8 am to 4 pm during the winter season. Tickets should bought at the main West Bank ticket office. It is before going to the workmen’s village. Tickets cost 30 Egyptian pound. It is for Sennedjem tomb, Inherkau tomb Luxor and the Hathor temple.