Rekhmire tomb Luxor Egypt TT 100 tours, prices, booking
Rekhmire tomb Luxor Egypt located on the south-eastern slope of the upper enclosure. It is at Sheikh ‘Abd el-Qurna, a little below the tomb of Sennefer (TT 96). Rekhmire was “Governor of the Town” (Thebes) and “Vizier”. It was during the reigns of Thutmose III and Amenhotep II of Dynasty XVIII. As the highest civil official of the land, Rekhmire built his tomb as a simple T shaped structure. It is in the traditional style, although on a larger scale. Moreover, Rekhmire tomb Luxor has the unusual features of a long passage with a sloping ceiling.
The passage does not contain a burial shaft. Thus, it leads us to suppose that Rekhmire buried somewhere else in the necropolis. Perhaps in the King’s Valley, although another tomb has never found. Furthermore, The hall and passage decorated with lively and well preserved scenes. Some are conventional and some are unique. They give important details of daily life in the New Kingdom. In fact, the scenes make Rekhmire tomb Luxor the most interesting tomb in the Theban necropolis.
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The entrance of Rekhmire tomb Luxor decorated with the usual offering texts and prayers. The wall of the hall to the left of the entrance (south-west) shows Rekhmire in the Hall of Judgement. He inspects the produce of Egypt including cattle, grain, gold and delivered to him as taxes. In fact, the text describes the goods brought from the areas of Elephantine down to Asyut. It was the vizier’s responsibility to receive and account for these taxes for the king. The short wall at the left side of the hall also has a long autobiographical text of Rekhmire.
The wall opposite the entrance at the southern end depicts a tribute. In fact, it brought from foreign countries in five registers. In the top register produce from the land of Punt recorded by scribes. It includes incense trees (myrrh), gold and precious stones and ivory. It also includes a baboon, monkeys and animal skins. Below this comes the tribute from Keftju (Crete or the Mediterranean Islands). It also includes decorative vases, silver, lapis lazuli and amphorae. Moreover, it also includes and pots in the shape of animal heads. The men bringing the tribute painted wearing Mycenean rather than Minoan kilts. They also show that Mycenean trade began during the reign of Thutmose III.
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In the next register Nubian or Kushites bring various animals. They bring giraffe, leopard, baboons, monkeys and cattle. They also bring dogs as well as ostrich eggs and feathers. Below, Syrians (from the land of Retjenu) dressed in long white robes and pointed beards. They bring their tribute in the form of wagons and horses, a bear and an elephant. Furthermore, they also bring weapons and metal vessels, copper ingots and pottery. In the bottom register, there is a diverse group of foreigners. It also includes women and children brought by military escort as captives or hostages. At the end of the wall is a damaged scene. It once depicted Rekhmire before Thutmose III seated on his throne.
Rekhmire tomb Luxor wall to the right of the entrance also shows scenes of tax collection. It is from the northern regions. Rekhmire supervised the work of artisans in the temple workshops and royal statues. He also did sphinxes made for the Temple of Amun. Other objects in the top register include necklaces, weapons, various vessels and furniture. They maybe intended as burial equipment. Below, men bring provisions, with scenes of baking and brewing. At the end of this wall there are agricultural scenes. They also show the recording of cattle, measuring the crop and the usual ploughing.
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The short wall at the right hand end of the hall contained many members of Rekhmire’s family. In fact, it is not now in good condition. Furthermore, Rekhmire and his wife Meryt can no longer seen. Their sons Menkheperresoneb and Amenhotep named with their wives in the inscriptions. It is along with the tomb-owner’s grandparents and other relatives. Rekhmire’s grandfather Ametju and uncle User were both viziers before him.
The wall opposite the entrance to the right in Rekhmire tomb Luxor also depicts Rekhmire. He inspects the produce of the ‘Road to Horus’, ibex, oryx and also wild bulls. It also depicts hyenas brought with a hunting dog. Below this, there is a scene of treading grapes to produce wine and preparing fish and fowl for cooking. Though, these are not as well portrayed as in Nakht tomb or Menna tomb. Further along the wall are remaining scenes of hunting in the desert. It is with slain animals heaped up waiting to record by the scribes. There are also ostriches, wild bulls, lions, gazelles and hyena in a fenced stockade.
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In fact, the paintings in the long passage in Remkhmire tomb better preserved. They are also superb in their detail. Some of those at the far end , are high up on the wall and difficult to photograph. Beginning on the left-hand wall are six registers. It is where Rekhmire supervises the preparation and storage. He also supervises distribution of provisions for the temple. Next is a series of scenes in eight registers. They includes the industries of Amun temple. They also include the weighing and recording of gold collected as taxes. The paintings show the artisans at work on their craft. It is with leather-workers, rope-makers, carpenters, metal-workers, brick-makers and builders. Sculptors haul stone to used in the manufacture of two royal colossal statues. In fact, these are important scenes in Rekhmire tomb Luxor. They show the methods of production of the crafts of ancient Egypt.
Towards the end of the left-hand wall there are ten registers in the tomb. They depict the funeral procession moving towards the garden of Osiris. It is where the Goddess of the West waits with Anubis and Osiris to receive the deceased. Moreover, pictures include the setting up of two obelisks and a “teknu” and the “Pilgrimage to Abydos”. The funeral rites end with Rekhmire and his wife Meryt. They seated before an offering table. It is while their sons offer to their parents too. The hieroglyphic text transcribes the offering-list. The end wall of Rekhmire tomb Luxor had a niche at the top. It bordered by texts on either side and a false door with the remains of another below. In fact, it is now in the Louvre museum.
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On the right-hand wall of the tomb, there are also more scenes. They are of offering and purification. It is where Rekhmire shown holding the sekhem-sceptre of his office. It is with his wife Meryt behind him with their sons Menkheperresoneb, Amenhotep and Senwosret. In ten registers the funeral rites carried out before statues of the deceased. Rekhmire tomb Luxor indeed has a magnificent walled garden. It surrounded by trees contains a pool with a boat on it. It is in which the deceased’s statue is standing, also part of the funeral rites. The funeral banquet comes next and arranged in eight registers.
They show Rekhmire’s daughters and sons offering to the deceased and his wife. With the guests who waited on by servants there are male and female singers. There are also musicians playing lutes, tambourines, harps and clappers. In one scene a small servant girl stands behind Rekhmire’s mother. She shown in a back-view – the only known instance of this aspect in ancient Egyptian art. In the last scenes on this wall in Rekhmire tomb Luxor, Rekhmire takes a journey by boat. He returns from “Het-sekhem” (north of Thebes). It is where he received and confirmed in his office presumably. It is by the new ruler, Amenhotep II, a cause for great rejoicing.
Entrance to the tomb:
The tomb is open from 8 am to 4 pm in winter. A ticket for Sennefer tomb and Rekhmire tomb can bought at the ticket office.