About Ramesses IX
Tomb of - Valley of the Kings (KV6)
It’s said, that of all the three Ramesses kings, Ramesses IX was perhaps the most successful who helped in returning Egypt some stability and power. The king tried several times to return the wealth and power of this country. He also opened trade routes by traveling to Asia and Nubia and reinvigorated state-sponsored building by contributing generally to the Temple at Karnak and Heliopolis. The relationship of the king with his predecessors is known very little.
More from the Era
Tomb robbing was very common during the reign of Ramesses IX, who left behind many prosecutions of the vandals and protection about the tombs that were vulnerable. It was during this era, that the mummies from the robbed tombs were removed and put into the royal cache of mummies located at Deir el Bahari, where they were found during the late 19th century.
About Tomb KV6
KV6 is among the first tombs in the Valley of the Kings which is open since antiquity; many inscriptions have been left by ancient visitors in the tomb. The tomb is the burial place of the Pharaoh Ramesses IX, who ruled in the 20th Dynasty. The archeological findings however show that the completion was done in a hurry, where many corners were cut after his demise. Located in the central wadi, KV6 has a total area of 105 meters and has a gate with a shallow descending ramp. Following this ramp are three stretches of corridors, first having four side chambers, two on both sides, but none of these four chambers is finished or decorated.
Remarkable features of Tomb KV6
The tomb is said to have one of the largest entrances in the entire valley. Also, the intention of cutting pilasters at the end of the entryway and presence of four side chambers is rare. The presence of a large two-tiered pit in the burial chamber is another remarkable feature. KV6 is included among the last tombs of the Valley depicting much complete decoration.
Decorations inside the Tomb
The chambers at the end of the corridors have been decorated with Opening of the Mouth ritual. The ceiling of the burial chamber is vaulted and has been decorated with scenes of the goddess Nut splendidly. Side walls illustrate scenes from the Book of Caverns and the Book of the Earth. On the rear end is a scene of Ramesses on his barque, surrounded by a number of gods.
The use of colors like yellow, black, dark blues adds a visually striking feel and is a rare thing among the decorations of the tomb in the Valley. The sarcophagus is said to have been vanished since long and the mummies of king Ramesses IX is among those found at the Deir el Bahari DB320 cache in the year 1881.