Tomb of - Valley of the Queens (QV44)
Who was Khaemwaset?
Khaemwaset was one of the sons of Ramesses III, and the prince held the title of the Eldest Son of the King and the ‘Sem-priest of Ptah’. The latest information shows that mother of this prince was Queen Tyti. An unknown fact however remains that why the brother of Ramesses III ascended the throne after the king’s death even though Khaemwaset should have been the one to be crowned. The most important role played was as Priest of Ptah in Memphis, a popular title included Fan Bearer to the Right of the King and Sem Priest.
Tomb QV 44
Located in the Valley of the Queens, Tomb QV 44 lies on the west bank of Luxor and was discovered in the year 1903. The tomb is believed to have been used for common burial. The structure of this tomb includes a wide linear corridor, two lateral annexes and a long burial chamber. It’s believed to be one of the most beautiful tombs of this Valley which has painted bas reliefs and color preservation.
The tomb is well preserved and was excavated by an Italian archeologist. A canopic jar which belonged to the prince is now in the Cairo museum at the Egyptian museum. Also, this sarcophagi’s and his mummy is still in the Museo Egizio at Turin. It’s believed that the Prince Khaemwaset and his father were buried during Ramesses IV’s reign, where the text too depicts the same thing.
The painted reliefs that decorate the tomb QV 44 illustrate the ritual and symbolic journey about the afterlife, when the prince met the main gods of the region and the genies who are believed to have guarded the gates to the Kingdom of Osiris. QV 44 is one of the most beautifully decorated tombs in the Valley of the Queens.
Walls of the tomb have bas relief decorations, which depict elegant craftsmanship and are in an outstanding condition.
Entrance to the tomb
The tomb QV 44 which is the tomb of Khaemwaset is open to visitors and can be visited on any day except Sunday. The tickets for this and two other tombs can be bought for EGP 35 at the ticket counter on the gate. Also, photography inside the tomb is an offence which can incur a heavy penalty on any person trying to do the same.