The Tomb of Sennedjem at Deir-el-Medina

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The Tomb of Sennedjem at Deir-el-Medina

This tomb is very important because it was found still intact, revealing funerary traditions and habits of that time.

Our reconstruction shows a cross-section of its structure, with open-cast entrance and hypogean structures.

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The Tomb of Sennedjem at Deir-el-Medina

The tomb of Sennedjem, was discovered still intact on the 2nd of February, 1886 by the French Gaston Maspero. It contained nine sarcophagi and eleven mummies, as well as a pile of funerary furniture. The owner was an architect who lived during the XIX dynasty, under the reign of Ramesses II.

The family of Sennedjem, his wife Iyneferti and his thirteen sons, is known because it is mentioned in the tomb. The tomb superstructure reflects the typical plan of the Deir el-Medina tombs: a courtyard at the bottom of which there was a pyramid-shaped chapel on whose cusp stood a pyramidion and on whose eastern façade rose a stele-dormer window. The underground section included the tomb consisting of a room with a vault ceiling excavated in the rock covered by a brick layer, covered in turn by a mixture of white and silt. In the entrance to the underground part, the texts and pictures reproduce chapters XVII and LXXII of the Book of the Dead.

On the northern wall the god Anubi accompanies Sennedjem towards the god of the netherworld Osiris and gives life back to his mummy. On the southern wall, the deceased, together with his wife, pays tribute to the guardians of the afterlife while his mummy is watched over by the goddesses Isis and Nephthys shown as hawks. The lower register, on the contrary, shows the funerary banquet, on which the deceased and his spouse receive offerings from their family. On the western wall, Sennedjem and Iyneferti worship Ra and Osiris and the party following them; on the eastern wall the deceased accompanied by his wife works in the fields of the netherworld. The ceiling of the room is decorated with images divided by text columns; Sennedjem is shown while invoking sun and terrestrial deities to prepare his exit during the day as “justified” deceased.