The Tomb of Pharaoh’s Chancellor Senneferi at Thebes (TT99) [Hardback]

Nigel Strudwick (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781785703317 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 432p, H280 x W216 (mm) b/w and colour

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The Tomb of Pharaoh’s Chancellor Senneferi at Thebes (TT99)


Senneferi was the chancellor of the king in Thebes (modern Luxor) in the reign of Thutmose III (c. 1430 BC). His large but badly damaged tomb lies in the hill of Sheikh Abdel Qurna on the West Bank at Luxor.

This first of two volumes focuses on the use of the tomb complex during the New Kingdom, especially the 18th dynasty (c. 1550–1300 BC). It begins with an account of Senneferi himself, looking at his career, his family and other monuments made in his name as far apart as Gebel Silsila in southern Egypt and the Sinai peninsula. The central section deals with the development of the layout of the tomb during this period and its recent exploration, including a detailed reconstruction of its history from 1430 BC to the 20th century AD. The remaining chapters detail the decoration and finds from the excavations, including a painted statue of Senneferi’s son-in-law and a unique set of implements from the Opening of the Mouth ritual, as well as possibly the largest ceramic assemblage yet known in a tomb of this date.

This book presents the results of the detailed analysis of what at first sight appear to be unpromising finds and reveals new insights into burial practices at the height of the 18th dynasty.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of tables
List of Plates
Nigel Strudwick
Senneferi and his family
Nigel Strudwick
The tomb, its architecture and history
Helen Strudwick and Nigel Strudwick
The geological setting
Trevor Emmett
The decoration of the chapel
Nigel Strudwick
The decorative programme, painting styles and colours
Nigel Strudwick
Small finds from Shaft I
Nigel Strudwick
The papyri and shroud from Shaft I
Irmtraut Munro
The coffins from Shaft 1
John Taylor
The ceramics from Shaft I
Pamela Rose
The hieratic jar labels
Briant Bohleke
The ceramics from Shaft H
Pamela Rose
The human and animal remains from Shafts I and H
Tony Waldron

Reviews & Quotes

"The publication certainly shows that a damaged tomb accounts for more work than an intact one, but also how detailed knowledge can be recovered through systematic excavation and recording."
Nicky Van De Beek
Bibliotheca Orientalis (27/03/2023)

"[The Tomb of Senneferi] proves what it is possible to gain from even the most damaged remains. The book contains a wealth of important and well-presented information and will be useful for anyone with a special interest in Theban tombs."
Campbell Price
Ancient Egypty Magazine

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