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Yuya & Tuya (Valley Of The Kings - KV46)

Yuya and Tuya lived during the 18th dynasty in ancient Egypt and were the parents of Queen Tiya, meaning their status was higher than that of ordinary Egyptians. Their tomb is located in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.



Yuya and Tuya's Tomb


Located in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank at Luxor in Egypt, the tomb of Yuya and Tuya is a private tomb referred to as KV46. It’s a rare nonroyal tomb which is located in the Valley of the Kings. Located between KV3 and KV4, the construction debris from these tombs almost covered the tomb KV46 leaving it protected from most robberies.


The tomb KV46 of Yuya and Tuya does not have any unique features and the decoration is completely non-existent. The entrance to the tomb is through a stairway that ends in a large corridor, well cut and big. The corridor then is followed by a second stairway and a short corridor. The ceiling of this corridor is roughly rounded and not flat. The black dots on the corridor and stairways divide the walls here in squares, the absence of any plaster or smoothening agent on the wall shows there were no decorations done.


The burial chamber of the tomb is irregular and roughly-hewn. This indicates that the construction of the tomb was suddenly stopped. Some say the poor stone was the reason for haul in its construction.


Unique Features Of KV46


Before the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen, KV46 was amongst the most famous tomb in Egypt. The presence of funerary equipment in a remarkable condition was the reason behind this popularity. Depicting the most amazing discoveries up to this time in Egypt, the tomb due to its sealed environment had silver still shining bright, but soon after the tomb was opened it turned black. Some vessels that were sealed still contained honey and thick oil almost in the liquid state and well preserved. The three coffins which were recovered from this tomb were also intact and one of them belonged to Yuya while the other contained the mummy of Tuya.


Out of all objects found, an intact chariot was the finest remaining object. The decoration still preserved it looked handsome with spirals and rosettes in gild plaster. More findings consisted of a jewelry box that was adorned with ivory, ebony and faience tiles inscribed with the name of Amenhotep III and Tiye who were the son-in-law and daughter of Yuya and Tuya. Among other striking remains found in the tomb were three chairs. Out of three, one small chair was covered completely with gild and decorated on its black with a painting of water excursion. The largest chair was made from veneered wood and had text and design in gild on the front part while the hand rest consisted of two female heads. The chair was used during the opening of the Suez Canal by Empress Eugenie.


Unfortunately, without the objects mentioned above, there is not much to see in this undecorated tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

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