jueves, 10 de diciembre de 2015

TT60 as "the tomb of Antefoqer

Here are found two squatting harpists ,a man and a woman, each of whom play curved harps with five strings (but nine pegs, which would permit them to change their length). The harp of the female musician is decorated with a checkerboard motif, with a woman's head at the top. That of the male musician has no design, but has the head of falcon. Both harpists belong to the vizier's household and, considering the size of their images, are important characters. They are identified... on the north wall, where they are found as the "singer, whom his master likes to have about him continually, Didiu (?) son of Ihemi" and the "chantress, Khuwyt, daughter of Maket" (see ns_1856). The columns of the accompanying texts, of the songs, are to be read from left to right, even though the hieroglyphs in each face towards the right. The text chanted by the man has for its title something like "Ninen belongs to life", written underneath the actual columns of text. The title of the other is lost.
The Theban hypogeum bearing the number 60 (TT60) is one of the only funerary complexes known for a woman of the Middle Kingdom, and the oldest Theban tomb decorated of this period which has survived in a proper state.
It acted as the final resting place of the woman, Senet, but provides a great place for a very high commissioner by the name of Antefoqer (or Antefoker, Antefiker, Intefiqer, Intefiker), a vizier known from various documents as one who served king Amenemhat I, then his son Sesostris I, at the beginning of the 12th Dynasty (about 1958-1913 B.C.).
But the relationship link between the two characters cannot be defined very clearly: Senet was the name of the mother of Antefoqer, but this frequent name could also have been carried by one his wives.
Thus, when speaking of TT60 as "the tomb of Antefoqer", it could be a mistake. However, even though the monument is not his, it helps us to better understand this very powerful and historically important character, of whom it s possible to think that he is the origin of the distinguished honour given to Senet, and that he wanted to make known it.

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