Menna tomb


Menna tomb 

Menna tomb

  • Menna tomb (TT69) it is considered to be one of the most important archaeological tombs in Sheikh Abd El-Qurna cemetery in Luxor.
  • Menna was a real estate inspector, and a crop supervisor.
  • During the reign of king "Thutmose IV", he was a writer of royal fields, that was like the minister of agriculture nowadays
  • He was in charge of collecting the tax money.
  • He had 5 children, 2 sons, and 3 girls.

Where is Menna tomb (tt69)

  • It is located in Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, on the western bank of the Nile,  part of the Theban Necropolis.
  • His tomb No. (TT 69).
  • The tomb was discovered in 1905.

  • Menna tomb is famous for retaining its wonderful colors.

Menna tomb

How did the tomb be damaged?

  • Despite the wonderful views, and the bright colors of this tomb, there is a lot of destruction in it, but this tomb considered one of the most important examples of tombs that express hatred and revenge among humans in ancient Egypt.

  • The cause of the destruction of the scenes of this tomb, an enemy wanted to take revenge on him.
  • As he focused in destroying the face of the tomb owner, especially his eyes, the reason for this is in order to prevent the soul from recognizing the face of the deceased in the another world.
  • It also deprives him of seeing offerings.

Tomb of Menna Painting

Harvest scene

Menna tomb

  • At the end of the field, we will see two men sitting resting under a tree, each of them seated on a chair.
  • The man on the left has fallen asleep, the second person sits playing the flute, to relax his temper.

  • There is animal skin bag, which hanging on the tree contains water, to keep it cool in the shade.

  • On the right we find the supervisor of theirs, standing and it is very clear from the baldness, that he is the oldest one of them.

  • He stands on a stick, the heel of his front leg is not resting on the ground, despite the handicap in his foot, it did not prevent him from actively practicing his hard work.

Scene of measuring the ​​land.

Menna tomb

  • Scene of measuring the ​​land, in order to determine the value of the crop tax.
  • We see the scribes wearing transparent linen shirts, and carrying a scroll of papyrus to write.
  • As for the assistants, they do not wear shirts indicating their inferior social status.
  • We see one of them on the left carrying a scroll of the measuring rope.
  • Child carrying a bundle of writing pens, a spare pallet, and in the background are trees with birds' nests, and eggs.

Working mother

Menna tomb

  • An amazing scene of a breastfeeding Egyptian mother carrying her baby (note the child's leg and hand embracing his mother). 
  • At the same time she was works and collects the fruits!

Scene of Punishment of Insubordinate Workers

Menna tomb

Menna tomb

  • Scene shows a farm worker pleads with the foreman, by kissing one of his feet, perhaps to exempt him from punishment.

Scene of open-mouth ritual during the funeral of Menna

Menna tomb


Menna tomb

  • The scene depicts Menna while he was hunting ducks, and birds that live in papyrus swamp.

Menna tomb

  • The scene depicts five nests with eggs inside, including one that is about to be devoured by cats and rodents.

  • He stands on a papyrus boat, carrying two white birds, which he uses to lure other birds, as he hunts birds in the swamp, with black throwing sticks.

  • On the right is another scene, depicting Menna on another boat, but this time with a spear to fishing.

Menna tomb

  • His children and wife standing on each boat, while they were represented smaller than him.

  • Note: the Crocodile in the swamp.

Menna tomb

  • The Egyptian government built a glass wall to protect the drawings on the walls, after they were damaged by visitors' breathing and moisture in the air.

The ceiling 

Menna tomb

  • The ceiling of this tomb is very impressive, and distinguished from the rest of the tombs in ancient Egypt, where the artist created here so much.

Dates to visit the tomb

  • Every day from 6 a.m to 4 p.m.

Entrance fees

  • For a tourist = 60 Egyptian pounds.

  • For a foreign student = 30 Egyptian pounds.

  • For Egyptians = 10 Egyptian pounds.

  • For an Egyptian student = 5 Egyptian pounds.

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  • Within the framework of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities efforts to provide some archaeological sites, and museums for the people of the world to enjoy seeing the ancient Egyptian civilization, during their stay in homes as part of precautionary and preventive measures against the emerging corona virus (Covid19), they made this website.

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