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Tomb of Ramose: Main Hall

Ramose (Main)



Though left unfinished, this is the finest carved tomb in the Valley of the Nobles. Ramose was a governor of Thebes and vizier of Egypt under both Amenophis III and Amenophis IV (better known as Akhenaten). It is significant not only for the quality of its paintings and low reliefs, but because the wall carvings show a transition between the formal style under Amenophis III and the new, looser style under Akhenaten. (Akhenaten was the "rebel" pharaoh who established the world's first monotheistic religion, based on a belief in the Aten, or sun disk.)


Notice the meticulous carving of hair in this detail from the east wall of Ramose's tomb.
This image opens with a view from the southeast corner, looking northwest into the Main Hall. Originally it was meant to hold 32 stone pillars, many of which are now missing. You can see entrance steps leading down into the tomb mid-way along the right wall.

Painting on south wall Women and girls mourn the death of Ramose in this painting on the south wall.

As you turn to the right, notice the exquisite reliefs along the right (east) wall. These show Ramose's family, friends, and others bearing offerings for the deceased. (Zoom in for a closer look at the hieroglyphs.) High on the south wall are well-executed paintings of Ramose's funeral procession.

In your examination of this room, look for a gaping hole behind a broken column. This leads steeply down a series of dusty stone staircases to the unfinished burial chamber, which rests perhaps 100 feet below the Inner Hall.



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