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The monochrome tombs of Deir el-Medineh

The monochrome tombs of Deir el-Medineh
The idea that the yellow-ochre backgrounds, in the Theban paintings, characterise the Ramesside period, must be abandoned. They developed with it, but are far from being related to all the tombs of the nobles, which mostly have a white background and sometimes blue. On the other hand, on the site of Deir el-Medineh, all tombs - apart from those with monochrome decoration - have a yellow-ochre base, including the eight tombs decorated during the XVIIIth Dynasty which have survived, for example: tomb TT340 of Amenemhat (Cherpion).

Throughout the whole Theban necropolis, the themes of the daily life in fashion in the tombs of the XVIIIth Dynasty, gave way, from the reign of Amenophis III, to religious and funeral scenes: funeral processions, opening of the mouth in front of the chapel, funerary banquets, offerings to the deceased or to divinities, formulae from the Book of the Dead, etc. At the time of Ramesses II, this proc…
View of the east side of the settlement as seen towards west Settlement Temples Chapels Tombs Rock shrine Huts Collections Take a stroll along the eastern (lower) side of the settlement of Deir el-Medina, viewing each house from east towards west. The main
cemetery can be seen at the top of the photographs in the distance.
Scroll to the right to view all the houses.
This house used to belong to Neferhotep Ipuy' house This house used to belong to Ramose Kaha's house is on the right Plan of a typical Deir el-Medina house. Drawn by Lenka Peacock, after a drawing of Mary Winkes, in Pharaoh's workers. Although the houses in the village varied in size they followed a fairly standard plan. The first room very often contained a rectangular
mud brick structure partially or fully enclosed except for an opening on the long side, which was approached by three steps. Bruyère found
remains of these structures in twenty eight of the sixty eight houses known to him at the site. The function …