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Queen Nefertari tomb Luxor Egypt QV 66 discovered in the Queen’s Valley in 1904. In fact, the tomb hewn out in the Valley of the Queens. Moreover, it called by the ancients “The Place of Beauty”. The tomb indeed is the most beautiful in the Valley of the Queens. It is on the whole worthy of her position in history. Queen Nefertari tomb Luxor features decorative motifs on walls and ceilings which indeed are mythological. In fact, they concerned with life in the netherworld and meetings with gods. Furthermore, they concerned with deities, genii and monsters.

In these scenes, Queen Nefertari represented always wearing long and transparent white garments. Moreover, it is with two long feathers over the vulture-like headdress of gold. In fact, Queen Nefertari wears rich jewels, besides to bracelets and a wide golden collar. The tomb has an outer doorway from entrance staircase into outer hall. The two lambs inscribed with the name of Nefertari. Moreover, the lintel over the doorway decorated with a sun-disk. It sets in the horizon flanked on both sides by Wadjet-Eye. The scene also included a depiction of Isis and Nephthys in falcon form. Left and right thickness of the door decorated with the goddesses Nekhbet and Wadjet.

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Outer Hall of Queen Nefertari tomb Luxor has an almost square format of 5.20 m by 5.30 m. Moreover, a rock cut bench has niches below it. Furthermore, it supports part of the funerary equipment, projects from the western and northern walls. The long inscription above the bench a rather garbled version of 17th Chapter of the Book of the Dead. The upper register filled with various scenes. They serving as illustrative register of the southern wall containing different scenes. On the left, Queen Nefretrai shown on a throne. In her right hand she holds a kind of wand, with the other she reaches for a game. The scene placed in a kiosk made of reeds. Here the queen plays with her soul. The next scene shows a bird with the queen’s head. It is the Egyptian representation of the individual soul.

The ba-bird stands on a scale and takes a shape of Queen Nefertari tomb Luxor. In fact, the ba was a psychic force. The word employed as a synonym of the manifestation of a god. Then the queen Nefertari herself kneels in front of her soul. It is with hands uplifted in adoration of two juxtaposed lions, between them the sun’s disk. In fact, these scenes of the two lions mean “yesterday and tomorrow” or “the past and the future”. Then, the graceful bird “benu” is the representation of the phoenix. It is the sacred bird of Heliopolis. The phoenix regarded as the soul (ba) of Ra’, but was also a manifestation of Osiris. The bird Benu followed by many scenes . In fact, the scenes consist of a shrine with a bier on which a prepared mummy of the queen placed.

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This shrine flanked on either side by representations of both goddesses Isis and Nephthys. The next scenes consist of two figures, one squatted bearded deity who holds a palm branch. The other standing before him holding his two outstretched arms over two squares. Furthermore, next is the seated figure of a falcon headed deity before a large scale “Sacred Eye”. The decoration continues with the registers. They begin at the left with the scene of a cow resting on a support. The next illustration is a composite scene. Its center is a coffin with a jackal placed inside. It surrounded on both sides by two mummiform figures. The right part of the upper register contains the four “Sons of Horus”.

They accompanied by a fifth Horus himself. To the right is the Jackal- headed Anubis, the god responsible for embalming. On the north side of the passage Osiris shown in his shrine. In the recess the thickness of the passage decorated on both sides. It is with the representation of a goddess Selket (Scorpion). West inner face of the recess, the decoration consists of a Djad pillar. It is the symbolic representation of Osiris. North face of the recess, the scene shows the goddess Isis leading Queen Nefertari to the right. It is in the realm of god Khepri. South face of recess decorated with a depiction of Harsiese (Horus son of Isis). He holds Queen Nefertari by her hand and introducing her to Harakhty and the West (Hathor).

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The scenes decorating the west wall of the side room show the queen bringing linen offering to Ptah. Moreover, behind the shrine of Ptah is a large Djad pillar, the symbol of Osiris. The scene on the north wall shows Queen Nefertari paying her respects to the god Thoth. Furthermore, the left part of the wall covered with a text of eight columns. It is a copy of Chapter 94 of the Book of the Dead. The east wall of side room filled with two scenes separated in the center by an up-right standing fan. In the left scene the god Osiris shown enthroned in the mummiform body. Moreover, before him are the four “Sons of Horus”. Queen Nefertari shown stretching her arm. The parallel right scene depicts the queen’s offerings to god Atum. South wall of this side room divided into three registers.

In fact, the two upper filled with seven cows and one bull. Moreover, the bottom register shows four steering oars. On the following wall, Nefertari with her raised arms in adoration is part of the adjoining last scene. The other panel on this west wall represents Ra’ and Osiris. They united in the form of a ram-headed figure between Isis and Mephthys. From the Outer hall there is a corridor. It descends 18 steps and continues the funerary designation of Queen Nefertari tomb Luxor. The descent to the underworld decorated. North thickness of upper part of West and East wall of corridor, the space decorated. It is with the Djad-pillar with two arms holding a scepters. Southern thickness of upper part of West and East wall decorated. It with the goddesses Neith and Selket.

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On the left hand Nefertari offers two bowls of milk to goddess Isis behind whom sits Nephthys with Maat. Moreover, on the right hand, Nefertari makes a similar offering to Hathor behind whom sits Selket. It is with Maat as before in the background. Lower down there is a winged Uraeus, guarding two carts of the queen. The underneath, beginning about the kneeling figure of Maat, is another scene. It features Jackal Anubis stretched out on a tomb welcoming the queen. The bottom part of the east wall decorated by the figure of Nephthys. It is while the parallel part of the west wall decorated with Isis. The doorway lambs of the burial chamber inscribed with the name and titles of Nefertari. It is while the sofas decorated with a winged Maat.

This corridor leads to that part of the Queen Nefertari tomb Luxor. It is where the funeral ceremony terminated. The burial chamber is a large rectangular room (10.40 x 8.50 m). It is with four square pillars supporting the ceiling. Two side rooms and a small inner room are accessible from it. The entry walls to the burial chamber adorned by four goddesses. It is while the walls decorated with scenes from the Book of the Dead. Queen Nefertari represented passing through nine gates from the domain of Osiris. They guarded by dreadful demons. On the northern wall of the chamber she shown before Osiris, Hathor, and Anubis. The four pillars form a kind of shrine to contain her sarcophagus, now lost. The pillars decorated with the Djad pillar and various deities. The two side rooms flanking the burial chamber on the west and east preserved.

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In fact, the opening of the tomb was in 1995. Since then, many restrictions took place on entry to the tomb. In January 2003, the tomb completely closed to visitors. It is for an indefinite period investigate the condition of the painted walls. Please contact us for update.

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