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Ramesses IX

Ramesses IX is considered the most successful of the Ramesside kings in helping restore some stability and power to Egypt. He did many things to restore the country's wealth and prosperity. He also opened trade routes by traveling to Asia and Nubia and reinvigorated state-sponsored buildings by contributing to constructing the Temple at Karnak and Heliopolis. Very little is known about the king's relationship with his predecessors. His tomb is designated as KV6. 


More About Tomb Robbers In The Ramesside Era

Tomb robbing was very common during the reign of Ramesses IX, who left behind many prosecutions of the vandals and rules about protecting vulnerable tombs. During this era, the mummies from the robbed tombs were removed and put into the royal cache of mummies located at Deir el Bahari, where they were found during the late 19th century.

About Tomb KV6

KV6 is among the first tombs in the Valley of the Kings. It's been open since antiquity. Ancient visitors have left many inscriptions in the tomb. The tomb is the burial place of the Pharaoh Ramesses IX, who ruled in the 20th Dynasty. The archeological findings, however, show that it was completed in a hurry since many corners were cut after Ramesses IX's death. Located in central Wadi, KV6 has a total area of 105 meters and has a gate with a shallow descending ramp. Following this ramp are three corridors stretch with four side chambers, two on both sides. However, these four chambers still need to be finished or decorated.

Remarkable Features Of KV6

The tomb is said to have one of the most prominent entrances in the Valley. Also, the intention of cutting pilasters at the end of the entryway and the presence of four side chambers are rare. AA's large two-tiered pit in the burial chamber is another remarkable feature. KV6 is included among the last tombs of the Valley to feature a large amount of ornate decoration.

Decorations Inside The Tomb

The chambers at the end of the corridors are decorated with the Opening of the Mouth ritual. The burial chamber's ceiling is vaulted and decorated with splendid scenes of the goddess Nut. The side walls illustrate scenes from the Book of Caverns and the Book of the Earth. At the rear end, Ramesses is on his bark, surrounded by several gods.
Using colors like yellow, black, and dark blues adds a visually striking feel and is rare among the decorations in the Valley's tombs. The coffin is said to have vanished long ago, and the mummies of King Ramesses IX were among those found at the Deir el Bahari DB320 cache in 1881.

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