Deir El Medina

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Deir El-Medina

Irynefer's tomb no 290 at Deir el-Medina

The depiction on the southern wall, which lies towards the left side of the burial chamber, shows the mummification of the dead person, who rests on a bed with lion heads. Mummification is performed by Anubis, the jackal-headed god of the dead.

The steps leading down towards the entrance into the antechamber.

Photography © Elvira Kronlob 2011

The tomb belongs to the most interesting corpus of the Ramesside tombs due to its beautifully decorated vaulted burial chamber.

A short passage leads to the burial chamber. It is decorated with hieroglyphs and with a lying jackal Anubis, who looks towards the tomb entrance. The brick vault of the burial chamber was plastered and decorated with colourful scenes and inscriptions providing us with the names and titles of family members. The background to the scenes was painted yellow. The scenes include illustrations from different spells of the Book of the Dead, images of funerary divinities, demons and manifestations of the deceased's ba and his shadow.

May's tomb no 338 at Deir el-Medina