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Valley of the Kings - KV1
tomb of Ramesses VII - XXth Dynasty

The tomb of Ramesses VII is among those accessible since antiquity. The tomb proper consists of only the entrance (B), a first corridor (C) with entrance with solar disc flanked by king and goddesses and the burial chamber (C) with a small extension room (D) and niche (a). It has been argued that the finish of the masonry and the fine quality of the relief work indicate a planned and executed small-scale tomb, perhaps created with a realization that the king would have little time to complete the structure. The sarcophagus consists of a rock-cut hollow covered by a massive, roughly cartouche-shaped block of stone decorated with figures of Isis, Nephtys, Selkis and the four sons of Horus. The mummy of Ramesses VII has not yet been identified.


A - ascending passage
B - corridor (king before various deites; scenes from the Book of Gates and the Book of Caverns)
C - burial chamber and sacophagus (scenes from the Book of the Earth; astronomical ceiling with double Nut image)
D - extension room  (king before Osiris)
a - niche

  Inverted sercophagus box used to cover the rock-cut pit containing the royal mummy.

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