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Valley of the Kings - KV36
tomb of Maiherperi - XVIIIth Dynasty

The tomb was discovered by Victor Loret in March 1899 between KV35 (Amenhotep II) and KV13 (Bay). It is entered through an entryway shaft (A) leading directly into the burial chamber (J). The tomb was found almost intact and was left undecorated. Maiherpri, official of Tuthmosis IV, was a child of the royal nursery and royal fan-bearer. The mummy of Maiherperi first time was examined on 22 March 1901.   
The mummy of Maiherpri lay within two anthropoid coffins and an outer wooden shrine of rectangular form. A third anthropoid coffin, smaller in size, lay unused in the centre of the chamber. The likelihood is that this 'spare' coffin had originally been intended as the innermost of the set. Having been employed to carry Maiherperi's mummy in the funeral procession, on arrival in the burial chamber it was found to be too large to drop smoothly, as intended, into the nested second and third coffins already positioned within the tomb. Maiherpri's mummy would seem to have been hastily ejected from its overlarge third coffin and placed within the smaller of the two nested coffins around which the large wooden funerary canopy was then erected. The unused third coffin was abandoned where it lay.
When Loret entered the tomb, the mummy of Maiherpri still lay within its outer two coffins, though the tenons joining lids to bases had already been broken in antiquity and the mummy rifled - the bandages, over the arms in particular, having been crudely hacked away with an adze. Most of the funerary jewellery had been carried off by the robbers. Further evidence of robbery could be seen in the general absence not only of jewellery but of all portable metalware, and also of non-funerary linen and clothing. The containers of ben-oil had had their sealed linen coverings ripped away, but had then been discarded; the oil was evidently too old to be of interest. Following the plundering of KV36, the tomb appears to have been subjected to a hasty, semi-official tidying up and reclosed.


Maiherpri's canopic jars

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