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KV9 is thought to be the tomb of Ramesses VI and is located in the main wadi of the Valley of the Kings. The tomb is said to have been originally constructed by Ramesses V, but later on, his uncle started redesigning it as his own. The tomb layout is similar to those constructed in the 20th dynasty but is simpler compared to KV11. The tomb was first shown to the public in an episode of the 2005 BBC documentary series How Art Made the World.


Unique Features Of KV9

KV9 is one of the most impressive tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The theological decorations of the tomb illustrate ancient Egyptian creation stories about the heavens and earth depicting how the sun, light, and life were created. The presence of a pit in the burial chamber which remained unfinished is also a remarkable feature. The rear wall of the burial chamber has pilasters that are unfinished and there are wide platforms showing cuttings on the central sunken floor, which are again unfinished. Decoration featuring a large number of texts and scenes is another noteworthy fact.

Details About The Tomb

The theological decorations of KV 9 which depicts fundamental elements like the creation of the sun and the daily journey in the world of darkness, certainly make this tomb one of the most interesting ones in the Valley of the Kings. The decorative plan of KV9 is said to be one of the most complete and sophisticated ones in the entire Valley and all of Egypt.

The tomb is said to have been enlarged by Ramesses VI but the reason why he did not make a new tomb right from the start instead of reusing that of Ramesses V, is still unknown. The inscriptions in the first part indicate a certain similarity between the two kings who shared a common theological focus.

The tomb has a ramp at the entryway, three corridors, a chamber, a pillared chamber with a central descent, two lower corridors, one more chamber, a vaulted burial chamber, and an additional chamber at the back.

Exceptional Discoveries At KV9

The wide corridors and height of the ceilings offer a less claustrophobic feel to the tomb KV9 when compared to other tombs built during the same period. The decorations inside the tomb are done with vivid colors on a white background, giving it a bright, fresh look. The hieroglyphics are somewhat different from the earlier tombs, but they have an overall stunning effect with their very interesting subject matter. The texts inside the tomb have been taken from the Book of Gates, Book of Caverns, and Book of the Heavens, shown in incomplete excerpts. The emphasis on the sun god Ra is a prominent feature in the text and the decorations give extra attention to astronomical subjects. Excerpts from the Book of the Earth are also seen for the first time in a tomb in KV9's large burial chamber, which is also spectacularly decorated.

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