Tomb Of Pashedu TT3

Kane Khanh | Archeaology
December 24, 2023

During the Ramesside Period, Peshedu served as a “Servant In the Place of Truth,” Deir el-Medina. His mausoleum provides breathtaking views from its entrance and is perched high on a mountain above the settlement. The public was just recently allowed access following restoration. While his father Menna was employed in the Temple of Amun, Pashedu is said to be the first member of his family to have worked among the locals at Deir el-Medina. Pashedu began his career as a stonemason before being elevated to foreman. His spouse was Nedjembehdet, and the two were parents to several kids. “Servant at the Place of Truth on the West of Thebes” was his official title.

Tomb of Pashedu

The rear wall of the innermost burial chamber shows the god Osiris-Onnophris, the ruler of the kingdom of the dead, on his throne with the mountain of the West behind him. Osiris wears a nemes-crown and holds a flail and scepter. A seated god before him presents a bowl with burning tapers. The inscription written in columns of black hieroglyphs contains spell for “lighting a lamp for Osiris. Behind the throne of Osiris a small figure of Pashedu is depicted kneeling.  ©kairoinfo4u

The tomb’s decorations, like those on the graves of the other artisans, are brightly coloured depictions from the “Book of the Dead” painted on a backdrop of yellow ochre. The tomb has a vaulted roof like the others do. The burial room may be reached by descending a passage from the court outside the tomb. The Anubis jackal is seated on a shrine on either side of the passageway, holding a flail between his hind paws.

Tomb of Pashedu

the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris in the form of a falcon depicted within the vaulted area above the doorway. His elaborately painted wings stretch out below a wedjat-eye. The falcon sits in a boat. The sons of Pashedu, Menna and Kaha, either side of falcon. ©kairoinfo4u

The lintel of the burial room within depicts a sizable representation of Ptah-Sokar as a flying falcon atop a barque that Peshedu admired. On the left-hand wall, a number of gods are seen being worshipped by his son Menna as well.