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THE FINDS of nakht in the valley of the nobles

The kneeling statue of Nakht. The best known of these is that of the 40cm high kneeling statue of Nakht, created in fine white limestone.

When Davies commenced his work of copying the tomb for the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum in 1908-9, he assumed that the subterranean chamber had been already been cleared, which wasn't the case. It was only in March, 1915, that he undertook this task and was immediately rewarded by the discovery of the statue, which had been flung down the shaft on its right side. This probably occurred when the burial chamber was rifled subsequent to the heretical movement of the Eighteenth Dynasty - the name Amon had been removed. Except for injuries to the left elbow and knee, caused by the fall, the statuette was practically undamaged and its brick-red flesh and the black of the hair had retained their brightness and colour.

Later in 1915, the statue was shipped to New York. On the …

the tomb of nakht

At the centre is the most important element in an Egyptian tomb, that of a magnificent stela, containing at its centre the false door, the connection with the world of the dead, which allowed the deceased to pass from that world and again return. It is only a painted design, not sculpted, created to imitate pink-granite and the hieroglyphs are painted in a dark blue-green colour. It is of a very common design found elsewhere and consists of several elements. At the top is a painted cavetto cornice supported by four sets of text (two on each side) which start at top centre and extend down the sides. These enclose the inner false door with an images of Nakht and Tawy seated in front of an offering table at the top. Immediately below this is a pair of udjat-eyes of the sun-god, separated by a shen-ring, a nun-dish and the hieroglyphic sign for water. Then, at its lower centre is the actual narrow doorway with two columns of text on either side. The whole structure is shown…