The Tomb of Kha
On February 1906, in a valley next to the village of Deir el-Medina, a shaft was found which led to an underground tomb. This shaft led down to a passage, at the end of which was a large wooden door. Behind was an intact chamber containing all the burial goods of two individuals.
Kha was a “director of works” and his wife was called Merit.
Middle Coffin of Kha, Wood, Pistacia resin, Gold and wood.
Kha had three coffins, nested one inside the other: the outer one is shaped as a shrine and contained two mummy shaped coffins. The innermost one held the mummy.
Inner Coffin of Kha, Stucco Gold, Bronze.
Coffin and Shrine of Merit
The inner coffin of Merit is the only one of its kind. It merges the two different types of coffins found on the middle and inner coffins of Kha. Merits did not have a middle coffin but her head and upper chest were covered by a wonderful funerary mask, made of cartonnage, gilded and decorated with semi-precious stones and glass.
The Wig of Merit and Beauty Cases
A remarkable artifact that had belonged to Merit, was her wig, made with real locks of hair sewn together and braided.
Beds and Chairs
Kha’s work tools
Also found in the tomb were some of Kha’s work tools, including a scribes palette with pens and wells for colours, a waxed writing table tablet and papyrus smoothers.
An amazing folding cubit rod (middle photo), measuring instrument with a leather case to be slung on the belt. Below is a gold cubit wooden rod, which was given to Kha by the Pharaoh Amenhotep II.
Kha’s tunic and underwear
Textiles were present in large quantities in elite tombs. They were used to both clothe the mummy and for use in the afterlife. Seventeen short-sleeved tunics were found as well as underwear made of triangular sheets of linen. <any of the items were embroidered with the monogram of Kha.
A pantry for the Afterlife
When discovered there were many small wooden tables within the tomb, containing all manner of foods, which would be required in the afterlife as a funerary banquet. There were many different breads, fruit & vegetables, pulses and beans. Meat and Fish, was dried and smoked, roasted or cured. There was also a large amount of spices and aromas and blocks of salt, flour and fats.
Kha’s Book of the Dead
Found in the middle coffin and folded up was Kha’s book of the dead, a papyrus measuring 14 metres and containing 33 magical spells, many of them illustrated.