Djehuty funeral collection on display for first time in Luxor

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 28 Jun 2012

Collection of artefacts unearthed at Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor’s West Bank to be exhibited for first time

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Curators at the Luxor National Museum are preparing a special area to hold objects found inside the tomb of Djehuty, the overseer of works at Thebes during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, many of which have been in storage for over a decade.

The museum will display a well-preserved sarcophagus of Iker, a Middle Kingdom warrior, along with five arrows made of reeds, three of which still have feathers. 

Clay vases and dried flowers bouquets, which were once thrown inside Djehuty's tomb during his funeral ceremony, are going to be exhibited along with faience necklaces, gilded earrings and bracelets.

Two ceramic vase and bottles fabricated during the reign of Tuthmosis III are to be also among the collection on show.

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that these objects were carefully selected in order to show the importance and wealth of the deceased as well as to highlight Egypt’s stability and prosperity during Hatshepsut’s reign.

“Djehuty tomb was discovered in 2003 by a Spanish-Egyptian mission which revealed details of an unusual time in Egypt’s ancient history,” Ibrahim said.

He added that such a discovery astonished Egyptologists due to its unusual architectural style and the artefacts unearthed within its corridors which derived from different dynasties.

The tomb’s walls are beautifully decorated with hunting and religious scenes but the most distinguished scene is the one depicting a harpist with two singers standing behind him and with the lyrics of their song engraved above the figures.

Joseh Galain, head of the Spanish mission, said studies revealed that Djehuty was a very important official who lived in the reign of Hatshepsut and died in the reign of King Tutmosis III.

Djehuty would appear to have participated in the construction and decoration of most of Hatshepsut's monumental buildings in Thebes, Galain added.

Moreover, as overseer of the treasury and controller of all the revenues coming from all foreign lands, he would have been responsible for registering all the exotic products, including minerals and spices, brought from the land of Punt as shown on his tomb walls.

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