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Pashedu is believed to be the first member in his family who worked with the community at Deir el-Medina, while his father Menna worked at the Temple of Amun. Pashedu started work as a stonemason and was later promoted to foreman. His wife was Nedjembehdet and together the couple had a number of children. He had the title, "Servant in the Place of Truth on the West of Thebes".
Referred to as TT 3, the Tomb of Pashedu is located in Deir el-Medina necropolis on the west bank at Luxor. It dates back to the early years of Ramesses II, so Pashedu must have been working when Seti I was the king. The tomb is believed to have been robbed during antiquity, but still has a number of beautiful features.
The tomb layout is simple but beautifully decorated, indicating the high status of Pashedu in society. He also owned tomb TT 326, again showing how wealthy he was. The tomb has an antechamber and a short corridor which ended in a burial chamber.
Like other tombs, TT3 is painted on a yellow ochre background and has some lively scenes painted from the Book of the Dead. The ceiling is vaulted. The Anubis jackal is shown squatting on a shrine with the Flail between his hind paws on both sides of the walls in the passage,
The vaulted ceiling has eight deities on the right and eight on the left. Between these images are forty columns of text from Book of the Dead of chapter 181. There are a number of errors in terms of spelling, grammar and text present.
The best scene of TT 3 is on the left wall of the chamber, where Pashedu is shown kneeling and bowing down beneath the branches of a palm tree on the edge of a pond. The scene is truly wonderful and shows composition and clarity. The palm tree to has been painted keeping in mind the minute details depicting fibers along the trunk.
Out of the three tombs, TT 1, TT3 and TT359, that are open to the public in Deir el-Medina, the tomb of Pashedu is the least visited yet the most beautifully decorated one. The entrance of the tomb is little awkward where twenty-nine narrow steps descend into a bedrock. Following which are an antechamber and a small vaulted room. Most Egyptologists believe that TT3 should be one of the must-see tombs present in the Theban Necropolis.
TT 3, the tomb of Pashedu, is open from 6 am until 4 pm in the winter season for the public. There is a guardian present who will accompany any visitor to unlock the tomb. A separate entrance ticket is needed which is of EGP 25 and it can be bought at the ticket counter at the gate.
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