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KV 36
Maiherperi

Entryway A

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The entrance is composed of a shaft.

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.34 m
  • Length:

    2.09 m
  • Area:

    2.78 m2
  • Orientation:

    288.85°

Gate J

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There are traces of the original red layout lines. The lintel is partly broken.

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.63 m
  • Width:

    1.02 m
  • Length:

    0.47 m
  • Area:

    0.47 m2
  • Volume:

    0.77 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Graffiti

  • Mason's marks:

Burial chamber J

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The chamber is well cut, although its walls are not perfectly dressed.

  • Chamber plan:

    Rectangular
  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

    Parallel
  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:

    Flat

Condition

Cutting unfinished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.57 m
  • Width:

    4.04 m
  • Length:

    3.79 m
  • Area:

    15.3 m2
  • Volume:

    24 m3
  • Orientation:

    11.24° left from entryway A

Sarcophagus

  • Extant remains:

    Box and lid
  • Sarcophagus form:

    Shrine of Lower Egypt
  • Material:

    Wood
  • Length:

    2.81 m
  • Width:

    1.02 m
  • Height:

    1.38 m
  • Emplacement:

    On floor
  • Comments:

    The decorative figures on the sarcophagus are gilded, on a black resin surface.
  • Decoration:

  • Deities:
    four sons of Horus, two representations of Anubis, Isis at foot end, Nephthys at head end Box exterior

Details

About

KV 36 lies low in the southwest end of the Valley, south of KV 35, just before the modern path forks to the south and southwest. 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.

Noteworthy features:

This tomb is notable because it is a non-royal tomb with much of its burial equipment as well as the mummy found intact.

Site History

KV 36 belonged to Maiherperi, Child of the Nursery and royal Fan-bearer, who died in his twenties. Much of the funerary equipment was found almost intact, although it was robbed, probably in the Rameside period. Jars containing oil were left open. Some of the jewellery, portable metalware and non-funerary linen and clothing were stolen. The tomb was later resealed and the burial chamber was rearranged hastily.

Dating

This site was used during the following period(s):

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Thutmes IV

Exploration

1899: Discovery
Loret, Victor
1899: Excavation
Loret, Victor

Conservation

Site Condition

The tomb is well-cut, but the walls were not smoothed.

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Funerary Equipment

The types of funerary equipment Egyptians put into their tombs had become standardized long before the New Kingdom.

Bibliography

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Carter, Howard.  Report on General Work Done in the Southern Inspectorate.  Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Égypte 4 (1903): 43-50.

Daressy, Georges.  Fouilles de la Valée des Rois 1898-1899 (=Cataloque générale des antiquités égyptiennes du Musée du Caire. Cairo: IFAO, 1902.

Dodson, Aidan.  On the Burial of Maihirpri and Certain Coffins of the Eighteenth Dynasty.  In:  Christopher J. Eyre (ed.). Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists (Leuven, 1998): 331-338.

Fekri, Magdi Mohammed.  Une nouvelle enquête sur les tombes civiles et enonymes de la Vallée des Rois.  In:  Zahi Hawass, (ed.),  Egyptology at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo, 2000.  Two vols.  Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 1003.  Pp. 180-184.

Helck, Wolfgang.  Königsgräbertal.  Wolfgang Helck, Eberhart Otto and Wolfhart Westendorf (eds.).  Lexikon der Ägyptologie.  7 vols. Wiesbaden, 1972-1992.  3: 521.

Lakomy, Konstantin C. "Der Löwe auf dem Schlachtfeld": Das Grab KV 36 und die Bestattung des Maiherperi im Tal der Könige. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2016.

Orsenigo, Christian. Revisiting KV36: The Tomb of Maiherpri. KMT 28 (2017): 22-38.

Orsenigo, Christian. La tombe de Maiherperi (KV 36) (= EDAL supplements, 1. Milano: Pontremoli Editore, 2016.

Orsenigo, Christian.  La découverte du tombeau de Maiherperi (KV 36) dans les notes inédites de Victor Loret.  In:  Jean-Claude Goyon and Christine Cardin (eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists, Grenoble, 6-12 Septembre 2004 (=Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 150).  Leuven: Peeters, 2007.  Pp. 1429-1436.

Measurements

Maximum height:

1.63 m

Minimum width:

1.02 m

Maximum width:

4.04 m

Total length:

6.37 m

Total area:

18.55 m²

Total volume:

24.94 m³

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

Official

Entrance location:

Base of sheer cliff

Entrance type:

Shaft

Interior layout:

Chamber

Axis type:

Straight

Categories of Objects Recovered

Food
Game components
Human mummies
Jewelry
Mummy trappings
Scarabs and seals
Tomb equipment
Vegetal remains
Vessels
Warfare and hunting equipment
Written documents

Hieroglyphs

Maiherperi

The Lion is on the Battlefield

Mai-her-Pery