Tomb of - Valley of the Queens (QV 52)
Who was Tyti
Tyti is believed to have been the wife of Ramesses III and the mother of Amenherkhepshef and Khaemwaset. Her tomb’s splendid size and decorative plan indicate her royal position in the era. Also, she has been referred at many places with titles like King’s Daughter, Chief Royal Wife, but her exact position in the royal court of Ramesside is still unclear.
The tomb of Queen Tyti
The Tomb of Queen Tyti in the Valley of the Queens is referred as QV52 and lies towards the south of Theban Hills. The tomb has many similarities with the tomb numbers QV55 and QV 44 of Amenherkhepshef and Khaemwaset respectively. The striking contrast is uncommon in Egyptian tombs, indicating a relationship between the three.
The decorative plan of QV52
The decorative pattern of all three tombs, namely QV52, QV55 and QV44, is very similar, where colorful figures painted are drawn on a grey or white background. Some scenes are also painted on a yellow base. An interesting feature is the many representations of Tyti in the paintings and scenes. At some places she has been represented as a young girl, depicting teenager and in others as a middle aged women, which can be seen in the dress and make up she is wearing in the scenes. The contrast shown between the younger woman and the older one are striking.
The paintings inside seem to be splendid at once but have now been damaged more of.
The entrance to the first corridor has texts depicting the queen’s titles. In other scene Tyti is seen worshipping Ptah, another scene in which queen holding two sistra before Re-Harakhty is seen.
The ceiling of the burial chamber is decorated with white stars painted delicately on a golden background, another scene is seen in which Anubis and a lion are seeing protecting the queen’s tomb. The scenes share striking similarity with those seen in the tomb of Khaemwaset, however they are less persevered than that tomb.
Some more about the tomb of Tyti
The tomb of Tyti is comparatively smaller in size than most other royal tombs of the 20th dynasty and later reuse has caused a considerable damage to the same. The tomb of Tyti in the Valley of the Queens is a splendid structure; she has been shown in front of gods in a hair styled with side locks, a style which young women of that era followed.
The relief work of QV52
Tyti, who is believed to be the queen of one of the many Ramesses during the 19th or the 20th dynasty, has to her possession a beautiful tomb referred as QV52. Her tomb however which was abandoned and reused as the stable for donkeys is still in a well preserved state. The limestone relief decoration which has rose color in large is especially a beautiful one.