Introduction about the Tomb KV1
The tomb KV1 is the burial place of Ramesses VII and it’s a small tomb located at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings in the west bank at Luxor in Egypt. The tomb is relatively smaller in size and depicts the plan followed during the late Ramesside era.
About the Tomb KV1
The tomb size is much smaller and it has just one corridor and a burial chamber. In addition there is an unfinished room and niche following the burial chamber. The finishing of the masonry and the high relief quality depict a planned and executed small scale tomb, which shows that the king must have little time to complete the same.
The sarcophagus of KV9 is made up of a rock-cut hollow that is covered with a large, roughly cartouche-shaped stone block that has been decorated with scenes of Isis, Nephthys, Selkis and the four sons of Horus.
Decorations inside the Tomb
The traditional sun disc adorns the outer lintel of the tomb having the scarab and flanked by Isis and Nephthys below the names of the king. The two scenes in the wide corridor is another unique thing. Further inside are the scenes from Book of the Gates and one scene from the Book of the Caverns on the right. On both sides the king has been shown as an Osiris, who has been purified by the Iun-Mutef priest. Ceilings inside are decorated with the cartouches of the king and vultures.
Remarkable features of KV1
The conversion of the second corridor into the burial chamber is a rare feature of the tomb. Also, the central floor which has two-tiers and it has canopic jar niches is another remarkable feature. The scene of the king with the goddesses parsing the sun disk on the entry lintel is a rare scene. Also, the tomb KV1 is among the latest tombs to be excavated in the wadi. The tomb is said to have been used as a dwelling place of the Coptic monks.
Decoration of the tomb KV1 share similarities with KV9, the tomb of Ramesses VI, but there are some variations seen. The atavistic emphasis on Osiris, a very traditional feel, presence with the gods iconographic has been more strongly shown in this tomb when compared to others from the same era.
Findings in the Tomb
Several ushabtis made from wood, calcite and faience have been found in the burial chamber of the tomb. Other things include amphora pottery fragments and ostraca, consisting of sketches of the tomb decoration discovered by Brock. Basket fragments, a floral garland and fragments of an amphora with a five line hieratic text on one side and a caricature of a serving scene on the other, were some other materials that were found.
The mummy of the king Ramesses VII has still not been found. However, four faience cups with the king’s name were found near the BD320 mummy cache, showing that his must be one of the unidentified bodies found here.