Tomb of - Deir el Medina Necropolis (TT3)
Who was Pashedu
Pashedu, whose father was Menna, is believed to be the first member in his family who worked with the community at Deir el-Medina, while his father worked at the Temple of Amun. Pashedu was most expected to be a stonemason, who was later promoted to a foreman. He was married to Nedjembehdet and together the couple had a number of children. He had the title, "Servant in the Place of Truth on the West of Thebes".
Tomb of Pashedu
Referred as TT 3, the Tomb of Pashedu, is located in Deir el-Medina necropolis on the west bank at Luxor. The burial place of Pashedu dates back to the early years of Ramesses II, so he must have been working when Seti I was the king. The tomb is believed to have been robbed during antiquity.
The tomb layout is very simple, but this is very beautifully decorated indicating the high status of Pashedu in the society. Another tomb which he owned was TT326, again showing how wealthy he was. The tomb has an antechamber and a short corridor which ended in a burial chamber.
Like other tombs, TT3 is painted on a yellow ochre background and has some lively scenes painted from the Book of the Dead. The ceiling is vaulted. On both sides of the walls in the passage, the Anubis jackal is shown squatting on a shrine with the Flail between his hind paws.
The vaulted ceiling has eight deities on the right and eight on the left, between these eight images are forty columns of text from Book of the Dead of chapter 181. There are a number of errors in terms of spelling, grammar and text present.
The best scene of TT 3 is the one seen on the left wall of the chamber, where Pashedu is shown kneeling and bowing down beneath the branches of a palm tree on the edge of a pond. The scene is truly wonderful and shows composition and clarity. The palm tree too has been painted keeping in mind the minute details depicting fibers along the trunk.
Open for public
Out of the three tombs, which are TT 1, TT3 and TT359, that are open for the public in Deir el Medina, the tomb of Pashedu is said to be the least visited yet the most beautifully decorated one. The entrance of the tomb is little awkward where twenty nine narrow steps descend into a bedrock. Following which are an antechamber and a small vaulted room. Most Egyptologists believe that TT3 should be one of the must-see tombs present in the Theban Necropolis.
TT 3, the tomb of Pashedu, is open from 6 am till 4 pm in the winter season for the public. There is a guardian present who will accompany any visitor to unlock the tomb. A separate entrance ticket is needed which is of EGP 25 and can be bought at the ticket counter on the gate.