Tomb of Ramses VI – A virtual tour through one of the most exquisitely decorated tombs in the Valley of the Kings
Created by VRTEEK
Created by VRTEEK
KV9 is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt, with exquisitely carved and painted wall reliefs. The tomb was originally constructed for Ramses V (c.1147–1143 BC) of the Twentieth Dynasty but was later enlarged and reused for the burial of his uncle and successor, Ramses VI (c.1143–1136 BC).
The tomb itself follows a relatively simple structure similar to other 20th Dynasty tombs: three corridors lead to the ritual shaft, and then to a four pillared hall, which is followed by two more corridors, a vestibule and then the burial chamber with its single annex at the rear. The walls of the tomb are decorated with scenes from various funerary texts which help the king in his successful transition to the afterlife, including the Book of Gates, Book of Caverns, the Amduat, and the Book of the Dead. The ceilings of the tomb are decorated with astronomical scenes and texts. In the burial chamber, an intricate scene depicts the sky goddess Nut, arched over the earth, about to swallow the sun disk. Through the length of her body inside twelves sun disk can be seen that represent the sun god’s daily twelve-hour journey through the underworld at night, before his rebirth in the morning.
The tomb has been known of since antiquity, as attested by numerous graffiti. In the Graeco-Roman period, it was believed to be that of Memnon, the mythological king of the Ethiopians who fought in the Trojan War. The scholars of the Napoleonic Expedition referred to it as La Tombe de la Metempsychose. It was cleared of debris by French Egyptologist George Daressy in 1888.