Tomb of - al-Khokha (TT178)
Who was Neferrenpet?
Neferrenpet or Kenro was a Scribe and an officer of the Treasury at Thebes in the estate of Amen-Ra during the second half of the rule of Rameses II. The wife of Neferrenpet was named Mutemwia and it’s said that Kenro was the son of a man named Piay and his mother’s name was Wiay.
Tomb of Neferrenpet
The tomb of Neferrenpet, referred as tomb TT 178, is located in the al-Khokha part of the Necropolis. The tomb was cut into the wall of a square at a small hillside which is located just few hundred meters towards the west of the funerary temple of Thutmes III. There are two small chambers in TT 178 which are dedicated with scenes present in unusually low registers and are not more than 20 cm in height. Scenes inside the tomb wrap around corners and can be seen on several walls, it is an unusual feature not seen in other tombs. Tomb number TT 31, tomb of Khonsu too depicts a similar decoration.
A remarkable feature of this tomb is the elaborately decorated ceiling. Also, the varieties of geometric patterns found here are very finely done and are rare to be found with the colors still so well preserved. The tomb shares a common courtyard with the tomb TT 296 of Nefersekheru and TT 365, which is the tomb of Nefermenu.
The structure of the tomb
The tomb TT 178 consists of an inner room and one hall. The hall has paintings of Kenro and his wife which are shown libating and ceasing offerings to Amenhotep I and Ahmose Nefertari. In other scenes the couple is seen playing Senet.
The funerary items in the hall show various names including name of Ray, Panehesy, Huy and more. The inner treasury room has a list of 36 items inscribed in the wall of inner chamber, including everything from beer to cakes to bread, wine and more.
Details about the tomb
The Tomb TT 178, which is oriented north to south, is made up of two rooms, a liturgical chapel which leads to the shaft that opens in the underground burial apartment and an entrance hall. The entrance hall to the tomb is 8 feet deep, 6.5 feet high and 11.5 feet wide and the eastern wall is decorated with three registers, the upper register, the central register and the lower register.
The western wall like the wall on the east too is decorated on three similar registers, upper, central and lower. Among other scenes are the scenes of the couple with arms stretched in the worship of Ptah and Hathor.
Entrance to the tomb
The tomb TT 178 at al-Khokha is open for public and can be visited from 6 am till 4 pm in the winter season. The tickets to this tomb can be bought at EGP 25 from the ticket counter at the gate.
Currently, the tomb is considered to be a place where people can witness the ancient Egyptian art and beautiful paintings which depict life in that era.