Tomb of - Valley of the Kings (KV19)
Mentuherkhepshef, who was the son of Ramesses IX, is said to have been the only prince after the sons of Ramesses II to have a burial place as a decorated royal tomb at the Valley of the Kings. The tomb KV 19 is believed to have been intended for Ramesses Setherkhepshef who was to be crowned as Ramesses VII, but later on it became the property of Mentuherkhepshef.
About the tomb
Tomb KV 19 lies in the Valley of the Kings, at the start of the second eastern branch of the main wadi at the west bank at Luxor and the tomb is said to have never been finished. The last corridor was converted into the burial chamber which was cut inside the floor and was covered with stone slabs. Giovanni Belzoni discovered the tomb in 1817. It’s believed that have it been finished, KV 19 would have been a substantial tomb. The gates and corridors of this tomb are widest in the valley. The unfinished condition however helps people learn about the various stages of the ancient work of the quarrymen.
Decorations inside the tomb
The tomb is not a much decorated one in the Valley. However the only decoration seen was at the entranceway of the first corridor and its walls. The tomb had much lesser decorations then seen in the other royal tombs. Here Mentuherkhepshef is shown alone without being escorted by his father. The corridor has decorations of dedication text in red and black text in the three columns inside. Beneath the text are pairs of fire spitting cobras depicting Isis and Nepthys on one side and Serget and Neit on the other. The little decoration depicts excellent work of the people who made the same. There are texts from the Book of the Dead seen on the walls of the corridor. A peculiar thing is the detailed costumes of the devotees, a figure of Thoth is shown wearing a belt whose buckle has the cartouche of King Ramesses IX. Other scenes include the tomb owner paying worship to several deities including Osiris, Khonsu, Thoth and Ptah.
The remains of KV 19
Not much from funerary equipment was found inside the tomb and very little was recovered. Fragments of objects made from black stone depicting a part of a sarcophagus most probably were found. Foundation deposits near the entry were found including ostraca, faience and calcite plagues, which bared the name of Ramesses IV. A limestone plague bearing the name of Ramesses X was also found. Fragments of limestone stela could also be seen. Remains of multiple intrusive burials by Belzoni were later found. The number of mummies which the tomb contained still remains uncertain. However the cartonage style indicates that the bodies belong to people from the 22nd dynasty in Egypt.
A final word
The tomb KV 19 is believed to have been built for Ramesses Setherkhepshef who was also recognized by the name Ramesses VII, but later on it became the property of Mentuherkhepshef and the findings too depict the same.