Tomb of Ramose
Ramose was a noblemen, vizier, mayor and judge. He held the title 'Governor of the Town (Thebes)' during the reign of Amen-Hoptep II. His father was the mayor of Mempis and his grandfather was a general in the army. He had his tomb built at Khokha (Nobels Tombs), in the village area of Sheikh ‘Abd el-Qurna, in Luxor. His tomb has been known since the 19th century and it was cleaned from the debris in 1920. What most distinguishes his tomb is that it marks the change in style towards ‘Amarna art’. It has a traditional T-shape plan. The fine carvings and relief of good quality ornamenting walls of the tomb indicate his important position in the royal court. No evidence is there to assure that Ramose was ever buried in this tomb, but some suggest he was buried somewhere in Akhetaten—though no tomb has been found for him at Akhenaten's city. In the tomb, we do not see scenes of daily life. We just observe Ramose's funeral and his relationship with Amen-Hotep IV. The details of the reliefs and the paintings are amazing. Unfortunately, some paintings are severely damaged because of a collapsed ceiling. The scene of the funeral and the mourning women are worthy to watch. There is an unusual scene of the 'Teknu' (or Tekenu), which is a curious object that forms part of the funerary ritual and procession from the Middle Kingdom onwards. This mysterious object first appeared to be a wrapped figure that is either crouching or in the fetal position, with only the head showing. In the New Kingdom, the tekenu is shown as an entirely wrapped bundle, or with the head and sometimes an arm exposed. However, the role of the tekenu in the funerary ritual is enigmatic. Some suggest it was the wrapped internal organs of the deceased which were not placed in canopic jars.