CAIRO: The tomb of Amenhotep-Huy, who served as Egypt’s viceroy and vizier during the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III (1391 B.C.–1353 B.C.) will be opened to the public Dec. 20 for the first time since it was excavated, according to Abdel-Hakim Karar, director of the Upper Egypt Antiquities Department, Friday.
Discovered in 1978, the tomb of Amenhotep-Huy is located at Qurnet Marei, part of the Theban Necropolis on Luxor’s west bank, said Karar, adding that multi-national team of archaeologists led by the Institute for the Study of Ancient Egypt in Madrid has been studying and renovating the architectural elements of the tomb since 2009.
“Amenhotep-Huy, originally from Nubia, was married to Ta-Em-Wadjsy, chief of the harem of Amun-Ra and of the Harem of Tutankhamun. Although the tomb belonged to a nobleman that was modest if not poor, its daily-life scenes featured a wealth of materials, including elaborate funerary furniture and objects along with a stone sarcophagus to house the deceased’s mummy,” archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Saturday.
“The tombs at Qurnet Marei, located near Deir al-Bahri, belong to 18th-dynasty nobles, and 25th- and 26th-dynasty nobles under the Nubian Pharaohs. The whole area has been under excavation since 1970s, but of the many tombs here only some are open to the public, including the tombs of Kheruef, Mnto-phaat and of Pabasa who were high officials,” said Sabban.
Most of the scenes at Amenhotep-Huy’s tomb represent the vizier’s daily life activities of agriculture, hunting and fishing. It also features scenes of female musicians and dancers and shows Huy, among his family members, being greeted by high priests, according to Sabban.
The Theban Necropolis is an area of the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (Modern Luxor) in Upper Egypt. According to Sabban, it was used for ritual burials for several Pharaohs, noblemen and high officials starting from the New Kingdom Period (1580 B.C.-1080 B.C.) and for over a millennium.