Tomb of - Dra Abu el-Naga (TT13)
Shuroy who lived during the Ramesside period in the 19th Dynasty was the Head of the Brazier Bearers at the Temple of Amun at Karnak. His wife was Wernefer who was a chantress of Amun.
The tomb of Shuroy
Located in the Dra Abu el-Naga area on the west bank of Luxor, the tomb of Shuroy was referred as TT13. The tomb TT13 is larger than the tomb of Roy which is TT255. The tomb is a small structure depicting the traditional T shaped plan. The tomb contains two chambers, a vestibule and a hall, which has recently been opened for the public after the same has been conserved and renovated.
The scenes inside the tomb are rapidly drawn and some show only the red outlines which do not have any details. The color on the walls is soft almost pastels and which has been done on a background which is either light grey or white in color. The use of blue has been highlighted a lot in the decorations. The tomb is the burial place of Shuroy and his wife. The tomb clearly shows an unfinished design and most of the plasterwork has been damaged.
Decorations inside the tomb
The entryway contains a scene where Shuroy and his wife are posing in adoration. But the damage has led the visibility of only upper part of their bodies. The ceiling of the first chamber is decorated with geometric patterns and has colors like golden, white, red and black. The first quarter of the wall in the first chamber does not even have the plaster showing the incomplete construction. Text from the Book of the Gates is also found on the wall. Also, scenes of the owner and his wife with a number of deities and guardians of the gate are shown.
The second chamber having short walls has no decorations now and it initially was the entrance to the tomb. The ceiling however is decorated with a check board pattern painted in yellow and white. The hall is decorated with the usual Ramesside funerary scenes. Most of the scenes of the tomb are not well-preserved and a wall also illustrates the Opening of the Mouth ritual. The entrance to the hall is decorated with the scenes of banqueting with musicians and clappers.
The modern entrance to the tomb TT 13 of Shuroy has been cut into what was initially the rear chamber of the tomb. So in order to see the paintings in the right order, one must first go into the small hall and begin at the original entrance of the tomb.
The tomb of Shuroy is now open for tourists and can be visited from 6.00 am to 4.00 pm in winter season. The ticket for the tombs located in the Dra Abu El Naga region of this valley which are Tombs of Roy and Shuroy can be obtained at the main ticket office at the west bank by paying an amount of EGP 15.