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TOMBS OF THE NOBLES
— WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2008 — LUXOR - WEST BANK, EGYPT — 17-20TH DYN. NEW KINGDOM —

photography by Janice

We next visited the tombs of the Nobles, a large area with over 400 tombs.

 

 

 

 

We visited a few of the best ones.

The nobles who had their tombs built here used a different artwork and were concerned with other matters than the royalty.

 

In these tombs we found much more imagery of earthly life and its continuation in the afterlife instead of the scenes usually found in the royal tombs, depicting judgment and resurrection.

 

While the royal tombs were closed for good following the funeral, these tombs of the nobles often served as family shrines to which often lavish rituals were performed.

 

A mortuary temple and tomb in one!

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photography by Janice

During our visit to Ramose’s well crafted space, Janice was able to bribe the guard and make photos inside the tomb itself. I was not able to make many photos due to the prohibition of cameras in many places during this trip.

 

The dramatic changes in religious ideas of Akhenaton are all reflected in the decorations inside Ramose's tomb. There are decorations according to both the old and the new religious orientations.

 

Because the work plan changed, we were able to see the actual steps that artists used to decorate a wall in bas-relief.

 

Here, Master Ehab gives us the low down on what we are about to experience.

     
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