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TOMB OF REKHMIRE

(TT100) Sheikh abd el-Qurna - Charles Woods

Rekhmire was Vizier to Thuthmosis III and Amenhotep II of the 18th dynasty at a time of Egypt’s greatest power and prosperity.  This gave him power that was second only to that of the Pharaoh.

After the death of Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis undertook a series of military campaigns and increased Egypt's power abroad and he started a large building programme, most of this will have been overseen by Rekhmire. According to one eminent historian, there is evidence that he later may have fallen out of favour with Amenhotep and some of the paintings in his tomb may have been deliberately mutilated.

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This tomb generally follows the normal cruciform shape leading from a long entrance corridor, except for an inner room which has a upward rising ceiling which reaches some 8 metres in height and extended the wall surface all of which is covered in paintings.. His tomb displays many scenes of the daily life of the highest official in the land. On the walls of his tomb paintings show him receiving tribute from Nubian envoys of giraffes, cattle and a monkey and from Syria tribute bearers bring horses, elephants and panthers.  From Somalia (Punt) envoys arrive carrying ivory, ostrich feathers and ebony while Messengers, with curly hair (possibly Cretans) arrive to attend Court.  The scenes of daily life also cover the arts and crafts of the time and increased the later historians' knowledge of what life was like in Egypt 3,500 years ago.

 

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