Private Tomb of - al-Khokha (TT296)
Who was Nefersekheru?
Nefersekheru had many titles to his honor including ‘Scribe of the Divine Offerings of all the Gods’ and ‘Officer in the Treasury of the Southern City’. He worked during the later part of Ramesses II’s reign. The four functions that he occupied include; the Deputy administrator of the treasury, Royal scribe of the treasury, Scribe of the divine offerings of all the gods and director of the slaves. It is believed that he may have succeeded Neferrenpet, who has the tomb TT178 in these offices. Nefersekheru is believed to have had three wives and his wives and daughters were the chantresses of Amun.
The tomb of Nefersekheru
Located among the southern tombs in the necropolis known as al-Khokha, in the Theban necropolis, the tomb lies on the hill that separates Deir el Bahri from Sheikh’ Abd el-Qurna. The tomb designated as TT 296, shares stylistic resemblance with the tomb of Nefferenpet. The ceilings in the tomb of Nefersekheru are elaborately decorated and the finely-done geometric patterns in such wide variety are a rare thing to find, the colors too have been very well preserved.
The courtyard of the tomb of Nefersekheru was used for entry to the tomb of Neferenpet as well. The tomb TT 296 opens into a courtyard and has a long hall having colorful paintings that are all well-preserved. The outside of this tomb and at the entrance there are columns offering texts, while on the door jambs, Nefersekheru and one of his wives pace forward.
Various Scenes found in the tomb TT 296
The entrance to the tomb has a scene of Nefersekheru along with his family moving towards the rising sun. The first chamber has scenes from the Book of the Gates, where the king asks permission from the demon to cross the door to another world. Also, illustrations from the chapter 62 of the Book of The Dead can be seen in the same chamber. The couple is depicted assisting a festival for the goddess Bastet in Bubastis, sitting before big quantity of offerings of sycamore fruit, bread , lettuce, and onions, as well as scenes showing Nefersekheru and his wife adoring Osiris and Hathor, Isis and Anubis. Also, texts of Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead have been written on the inner walls. Inside the burial chamber scenes can be seen where the deceased claims abut he not being guilty of certain tasks in his lifetime, what is called Negative Confession. Also, the funeral procession of Nefersekheru, can also be seen in the burial chamber
Entrance to the tomb
Located on the west bank of Luxor in Egypt, the tomb TT 296 is open for public which can be visited from 6 am till 5 pm in the winter season and 6 am till 5 pm in the summer season as well. Cameras are allowed in the outside location and even inside on special permission.