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Theban tomb TT156
Burial site of Pennesuttawy
Location Dra' Abu el-Naga', Theban Necropolis
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The Theban Tomb TT156 is located in Dra' Abu el-Naga', part of the Theban Necropolis, on the west bank of the Nile, opposite to Luxor. It is the burial place of the Ancient Egyptian Pennesuttawy who was a Captain of the troops and governor of the South Lands during the reign of Ramesses II in the Nineteenth Dynasty.[1]

The tomb was already known to Champollion. He had given it the number 43. The tomb consists of a hall, pillared hall, a shrine, and a burial chamber.

  • In the hall are seated statues of Pennesuttawy and his wife the chantress of Amun, Maia.[1]
  • In the pillared hall Pennesuttawy appears before different gods and goddesses, including Maat, Nut, Re-Harakhti, and Shu.[1]
  • On the inner doorway to the shrine Pennesuttawy is shown with his wife Maia, his son the first stablemaster of His Majesty, Nakhtmin, and his daughter named Baketwerner.[1][2]
  • The burial chamber is decorated with scenes on the north, east and south wall.[1]

Finds from the tomb include a brick of Pennesuttawy (now in the Philadelphia University Museum). The tomb was later reused during the 21st dynasty and the 22nd dynasty.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Porter, Bertha and Moss, Rosalind, Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume I: The Theban Necropolis, Part I. Private Tombs, Griffith Institute. 1970, 265 - 266, ASIN: B002WL4ON4
  2. ^ Kitchen, Kenneth A. Ramesside Inscriptions, Translated and Annotated Translations: Ramesses II, His Contemporaries (Ramesside Inscriptions Translations) (Volume III) Wiley-Blackwell. 2001 ISBN 978-0-631-18428-7