15. Samut and the Ramesside Private Tomb

  1. Steven Snape

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch15

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

How to Cite

Snape, S. (2011) Samut and the Ramesside Private Tomb, in Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405120890

Online ISBN: 9781444393743



  • Samut and the Ramesside private tomb;
  • standard tombs of Ramesside Period - private tombs, Dynasties 19 and 20, different from those of Dynasty 18;
  • expectations for the afterlife - funeral and attainment of an Osirian afterlife, themes which would not be out of place in Dynasty 18 tombs;
  • canon of royal expectations, in the now-ancient Pyramid Texts - in contemporary royal tombs, slipping further into the sphere;
  • significant shift in emphasis, part of tomb - architecturally, appearing changed at the middle level;
  • marked contrast to practice in Dynasty 18 - Ramesside tombs at Thebes, little interest in depiction, making up public identity of tomb-owner;
  • The Ramesside Afterlife, accretion of different possibilities - for the afterlife, accumulated up to the Ramesside Period;
  • Ramesside tomb, place where tomb-owner - worships the gods, tomb of Samut (known as Kyky), ‘Counter of the Cattle of Amen’ at Thebes in the reign of Ramesses II;
  • Djehutyemheb and Hathor, reliance on specific deity - individual identification in one's lifetime, as intermediary for the afterlife in the tomb of Samut;
  • offerings and offering-systems in the New Kingdom - tomb of Samut, wealthy private individuals making endowments to royal ‘Mansions of Millions of Years’ memorial temples


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Standard Tombs of the Ramesside Period

  • The Ramesside Afterlife

  • The Tomb as Temple: Samut and Djehutyemheb

  • Offerings and Offering-Systems in the New Kingdom

  • Anhurmose at Mashayikh: Ramesside Tombs in the Provinces

  • The Ramesside Coffin