Egypt: The Tomb Of Ramses VI Is Tonight’s Virtual Tour
Egypt - Tourism and Antiquities
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is launching tonight at 8:00 pm
on its official website and social media platforms and Experience Egypt, a new virtual tour for Tomb of Ramesses VI (KV9)
Tomb of Ramesses VI (KV9)
This tomb was begun by King Ramesses V (c.1147–1143 BC) of the Twentieth Dynasty. Although it is uncertain whether he was ultimately buried here, it is clear that his uncle Ramesses VI (c.1143–1136 BC) enlarged the tomb and used it for his burial. The huts of the workmen who built this tomb were built directly on top of the ground that concealed the staircase that led into the tomb of Tutankhamun. In other words, it is thanks to the tomb of Ramesses VI that Tutankhamun’s was discovered in 1922 with all of its world-famous treasures inside it.
The exquisitely painted wall reliefs of KV9 are very well preserved. The tomb’s decorative programme consists of various funerary texts to 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. All ceilings are decorated with astronomical scenes and texts. The ceiling of the burial chamber is decorated with a striking scene that depicts the sky goddess Nut arched over the earth. The sun disk is depicted in front of her mouth, which she is about to swallow. This is a mythological representation of sunset. Twelve sun disks can then be seen inside the extended length of Nut’s body, representing the sun god’s daily twelve-hour journey through the underworld at night, before his rebirth in the east, young, renewed, and full of life. Through this text, just like the sun god, the king could achieve a glorious rebirth in the eastern horizon at dawn.