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Front room--wall 1

This wall is badly damaged, and there are just three sections of decoration surviving, at each end and in the middle.

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Left end

Tombs of the early to middle 18th dynasty tend to have, either side of the main entrance, a scene of the deceased standing and making offerings to unspecified persons. Egyptologist usually consider this as part of the Valley Festival. Only the southern scene of such a pair has survived in TT99. All that remains of this scene is half a line of horizontal hieroglyphs above the offerings, and then 8 or 9 columns of hieroglyphs above the destroyed figure of the deceased. The separate fragment of the bottom of the last column appears to indicate the depth of the whole text. Here is an attempt at a partial translation:

1 Supplying the burners with myrrh
2 and incense ///
3  consisting of bread and beer (?)
4  for the life, prosperity health of the king of Upper [and Lower Egypt Thutmose III given life]
5  by ///
6 favoured
7 overseer of the seal-bearers ///
8 overseer of…
9  [Uncertain, perhaps a festival?]
10 New Year's festival /// years

The painting shows remains of offerings in two layers but only the upper is at all intelligible. All are placed on a green mat.

At the right are three large jars with pointed sealings occupying the entire height of the top sub-register. The sealings are discoloured but were originally probably black. A lily with stem is wrapped around each jar. The lily bud itself is the normal blue green colour with a yellow base, and the stem is pink.

To the left of the jars is a green offering table with a centre stand and yellow ends. Underneath the right-hand side of the table is the top of a basket of blue-black fruit and a green cucumber. The left side is largely damaged, but the head of an ox is visible, coloured white with blue green ears. It possibly rests on loaves of bread.

On top of the table are from the right, two large oval shaped loaves, white with red at top and bottom; partly overlapping the loaves is a red leg of meat; a red-brown oval shape is visible above the leg of meat; on top of the meat is a white tray bearing brownish-yellow bread or cakes; the remains of a bunch of grapes is to the right of this tray. Visible to the right of the tops of the two loaves is a bird, coloured green, red and white, and on top of that is the beginning of a bunch of leeks.

To the left of this table, on the mat, are two white oval shaped loaves, and on top of the right-hand one is a red item, perhaps the stem of a lily. To the left of the loaves is a white round loaf with equally-spaced red fingermarks on its circumference. On top of this loaf is a white tray containing brownish-yellow bread or cakes. To the left of the white round loaf is another oval shaped loaf, and on top of that is a yellow-brown basket with flecks of green. The rest is lost.

Middle (left-hand picture below)

The next decorated area of plaster is approximately 70 cm long and extends to a depth of approximately 30 cm below the kheker frieze. It shows the remains of three male figures facing right. Only a small part of the figure of the left-hand man is preserved: his left arm is held across his chest, and his right arm hangs down before him, carrying something white. The second man wears a normal short white kilt and has a normal black wig. He is carrying a large yellow-pink chest on his shoulders with his left arm extended forward and his right arm supporting the back of the chest. Over his shoulder hangs some white material (cloth) flecked with red, visible in front of and behind him. The remains of the third man show that he held his right arm up in front of him, and that the left hung before him. No inscriptions appear to accompany this scene, but there are traces of a preliminary red line above, so something may have been intended. The black of the wigs is particularly well-preserved in this scene.

These figures are probably part of people carrying items which are being assessed by Senneferi in the next surviving fragment.

Right (right-hand picture above)

There are the remains of a scene in the supper right corner of the wall. At the top of the wall are eight columns of text.

Receiving dues (being) all noble precious stones, all equipment/weapons, (by) the overseer of the gold lands of [Amun, Sen]neferi; the overseer of horned and hoofed cattle, the overseer of the seal-bearers Senneferi; the overseer of thousands of all things, the overseer of seal-bearers, Senneferi; the one who follows the festival of Atum, the overseer of the seal-bearers Senneferi; haty-a, the overseer of priests of all the gods … Senneferi

 To the left of the text are the remains of the items being received by Senneferi. Visible are parts of two green mats with red bindings at the end. The upper of the two mats bears a large elongated basket, composed of a series of alternately coloured bands of black (faded) and white and red and white, representing the weave (the first row, horizontally, coloured black, white, black, white…, the second row coloured white, red, white, red…, and so on). Inside the basket are five white unrecognisable items, flat at one end, rounded at the other with a raised part at one end. To the left of the basket is a very small fragment from another basket of the same type, probably containing at least four bags of linen coloured, red, white, red, and [white]. There are bindings on the necks of the bags. The lower of the two mats bears a brownish basket with red lines indicating the weave with a decorated 'rim' shown in alternating black and red horizontal blocks of colour. The surviving part of this basket contains eight gold rings in two layers of four.

In this scene are a few marks which might be the remains of graffiti (not modern, possibly Coptic? perhaps flowers ?) painted in dark red-brown which look at first sight like the stems of flowers with leaves. There are also two small and isolated fragments of decoration from a lower register; their content is unclear.

Scenes representing the deceased with gold-workers, treasure, and the like are not uncommon, but of these examples, only in the tomb of Menkheperresoneb (TT86) is the deceased said to be actually 'receiving' the items, in that case the 'gold of Koptos'; in the other cases, he is 'inspecting'. Presumably in TT99 there were several sub-registers of similar scenes to TT86.

Senneferi is apparently shown in this scene concerned with products controlled by the treasury, emphasised by the subset of titles which accompany the scene.

A description of how we document the paintings will be found here.

© Nigel Strudwick 1997-2018