Introduction about the Tomb KV9
KV9, which is said to be the tomb of Ramesses VI, is located in the main wadi of Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The tomb is said to have been originally constructed by Ramesses V, but later on his uncle started reusing the same as his own. The tomb layout is similar to those which were constructed in the 20th dynasty and is simpler when compared to the tomb KV11. The tomb was first shown in an episode of the 2005 BBC documentary series, named How Art Made the World.
Unique features of KV9
The tomb KV9 is included among the most impressive tombs of the Valley of the Kings. The theological decorations of the tomb illustrate the originating stories of the heavens, earth, how the sun, light and life were created. The presence of a pit in the burial chamber which remained unfinished is a remarkable feature. Rear wall of the burial chamber has pilasters that are unfinished pillar cuttings and there are wide platforms showing cuttings of the central sunken floor, which are again unfinished. The decoration with a large number of texts and scenes is a noteworthy fact.
Details about the Tomb
The theological decoration of the tomb KV 9, which depicts fundamental elements like the sun and the daily journey in the world of the darkness, certainly makes this tomb one of the most interesting ones in the Valley of the Kings. The decorations illustrate stories of how heavens, earth, sun, light, and life originated. The decorative plan of KV9 is said to be one of the most complete and sophisticated ones in the entire Valley.
The tomb is said to have been only enlarged by Ramesses VI, who is now the owner of this. Why Ramesses VI, did not make a new tomb right from start is still an unknown fact, but the inscriptions at the first part indicate a certain similarity between the two kings who shared common theological likings.
The tomb plan comprises of a ramp at the entryway, three corridors, a chamber, a pillared chamber having a central descent, two lower corridors, one more chamber, a vaulted burial chamber and one more chamber at the back.
Some exceptional findings about KV9
The wide corridors and height of the ceilings offer a lesser claustrophobic feel to the tomb KV9, when compared to other tombs built during the same period. The decorations inside the tomb have been done with vivid colors on a white background, showing a bright, spring-like look. The hieroglyphics are somewhat different from the earlier tombs, but overall have a stunning effect, having an interesting subject matter. The texts inside the tomb have been taken from Book of Gates, Book of Caverns, and Book of the Heavens, shown in complete forms. The emphasis on the sun-god Ra is a prominent feature in the text and decorations have a special attention to astronomical subjects, the Book of the Earth, is seen for the first time in the large burial chamber, which has been spectacularly decorated.