domingo, 5 de abril de 2015

TT277

 The small chapel of tomb TT277 is located in the Theban necropolis, more precisely on the hill of Qurnet-Murai. It belongs to Ameneminet (or Amenemonet), a priest in the service of the god Ptah-Sokar, in the Temple of Millions of Years of king Amenhotep III. Although it is incomplete, it is in a beautiful state of conservation. Its present decoration features some of the Ramesside craftsmanship, which, for example, don't respect the proportions anymore - as the artists of the XVIIIth Dynasty made it -, a characteristic of the end of the XIXth Dynasty, which becomes more pronounced under the XXth Dynasty. It is therefore presumably from this time which dates the burial.
This scene  I want to show you is where is seen Ameneminet cleansing the offerings in front of "The master of the crownings, Amenhotep, sovereign of Thebes, the master of the Two Lands, Neb-Maat-Re-Setepenre" and the great royal wife "The mistress of the Two Lands, Tiy" (see ch-203 and pm-1120117). The scene is finely executed, perhaps because of the special links uniting Ameneminet and the service of the royal couple.
• Amenhotep III, turned to the right, is seated on a throne in front of the palace. He is covered with the blue crown (the Khepresh) topped with a solar disc containing two uraei surrounded by the Shen sign. He holds with one hand the crosier and the whip and with the other an ankh sign. He wears an usekh necklace and bracelets on his arms and wrists. His long white skirt is held at his waist by a large belt.
• Behind him is standing his great royal wife Tiy, dressed in a long white dress with a red long sash tied around her waist. On her head she wears a small mortar supporting two straight feathers and a headband with a double uræus. her left folded arm takes a flagellum; the small size of the arm is likely due to a problem of place. The other hand falls along the body with an ankh cross and a lotus flower. The royal couple are held on a kind of podium in front of which is located Ameneminet.
The latter wears a long skirt with a strap passing on his shoulder; he has a shaved head an usekh necklace. Between him and the king rises a stand carrying the offerings, on which on which he pours purifying water whilst his other hand holds a censer. Above his head is a large yellow rectangle with this text in colorful hieroglyphics (see ch-204) : "Present all the good and pure offerings in breads, beer, oxen, poultry, in libations, in wine, in milk. In the hand of the wab-priest, the lector priest, the divine father of Ptah-Sokaris, Ameneminet, just of voice, in peace, son of Ta-djeseret-ka, just of voice, the great god".
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