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Burial site of Khaemwaset
(Ramesses III's son)
QV44 1903.jpg
QV44 during discovery in 1903
Location Valley of the Queens
Discovered 1903
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QV44 is one of several tombs located in the Valley of the Queens intended for the use of Ramesses III's sons. The painted reliefs decorating Khaemwaset E's tomb illustrate his ritual and symbolic journey in the Afterlife as he meets the main gods of that region as well as the genies who guard the gates of the kingdom of Osiris.

QV44 is one of several tombs constructed for the sons of Ramesses III. Others are QV55 (Amun-her-khepeshef), QV53 (Ramesses), QV43 (Seth-her-khopsef, and QV42 (Pareherwenemef). Abitz argues that the princes are identified with the Four sons of Horus and are all real sons of the King. The decorations in these tombs focus more on the King than on his sons.[1]

The tomb[edit]

Rammesse III and Khaemwaset

The tomb consist of a corridor, two side rooms, a second corridor and an inner room. The first part of the corridor is decorated with scenes showing King Ramesses III before a variety of gods and goddesses, including Ptah, Thoth, Anubis, Ra-Harakhty, Geb and more. [2]

The side chambers include scenes of the Sons of Horus and the goddesses Isis, Nephtys, Neith and Serket.[2]

The second corridor includes a scene showing Khaemwaset as an Iunmutef priest. Other scenes depict the Book of Gates.[2]

The inner room is decorated with scenes showing the King before several gods and goddesses. Finds include part of a sarcophagus lid and remains of Canopic jars. [2]


  1. ^ K. A. Kitchen, Review of Ramses III in den Grabern seiner Sohne. By Friedrich Abitz. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, in The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 76 (1990), pp. 239-240 (via JSTOR)
  2. ^ a b c d Porter, Bertha and Moss, Rosalind, Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume I: The Theban Necropolis, Part 2. Royal Tombs and Smaller Cemeteries, Griffith Institute. 1964, pg 754-5

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Coordinates: 25°43′37″N 32°35′32″E / 25.7270°N 32.5923°E / 25.7270; 32.5923