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Kheruef
Private Tomb of - Asasif (TT192)

TT 192, which is the private tomb of Kheruef, is located on the west bank of the river Nile on the foothills of Asasif district. This lies close to the path leading to the funerary temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. This is the largest tomb in the area. The tomb is a colossal funerary complex belonging to Khereuf also known as Naa. The person was once steward of queen Tiy who was the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III. The tomb was not even finished, due to an unknown reason and the site was abandoned. The tomb is almost devoid of any colors and is hardly appealing. Tourists to this tomb are very rare and are this is among those rare sites which are still accessible by the public. Khereuf was an important individual responsible for organizing the first and third jubilees of Amenhotep III. He worked as a royal Scribe and was the First Herald to the king before getting appointed as the steward. Tomb is an important religious and historical place.


The discovery

Tomb of Khereuf was first found by Adolph Erman, who was a German Egyptologist in the year 1885. In the 1940s the tomb is believed to have been robbed.


The structure

A descending corridor represents the entry to the tomb TT 192, which leads to an open court which has porticoes pillars on both east and west sides. Most important of scenes inside the tomb are present on the western wall of the court. The tomb pictures many scenes of Amenhotep III in various themes and poses.

Originally, the tomb was dug into the bedrock, below the desert’s surface. The presence of courtyard before the portico is a rare innovation seen during the 18th dynasty seen only in the Tombs of Khaemhat, Ramose and Imhotep.


The tomb plan

The Tomb TT 192 of Khereuf, is made up of five parts which are

  • A slope leading to the first decorated doorway located in the west direction
  • The large open courtyard was surrounded on all four sides by canopy on 39 columns
  • The first traverse hall, lying to the north-south axis which is filled with three pillars in rows of ten
  • Next is another pillared hall representing the funerary chapel
  • Last is the underground chamber which is located at the south-west comer of the second hall


Scenes inside the tomb

The scenes that were finished in the tomb depict the celebrations that were organized in honor of Amenhotep III's jubilees and it’s believed that Khereuf would have been a significant part of these celebrations. Other scenes include dancing girls and various sporting activities.

A lesser known truth

Tomb TT 192 is said to be the tomb of Khereuf, however it’s said that the construction was not finished and he might have not been buried here as well. It appears that Khereuf suffered a fall from grace before his death, his name in the tomb has been excised - the reason for this fall from grace still remains a secret.

Tourists who visit this site also visit the following sites:

Tombs of Egypt
A tomb was to protect the dead and provide the deceased with a dwelling equipped
Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs.
Valley of the nobles
The site has rock cut tombs of Nobles and high officials of ancient Egypt.
Valley of the Queens
a cemetery at the southern part of the vast necropolis of thebes, on the west bank of Luxor.