Tomb of Queen Nefertari
QV 66, Valley of the Queens, Egypt
13-14th centuries, BC
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Merytmut ("Beautiful Companion, Beloved of Mut")
was born about 1302 BC. There continues to be (and may
always be) controversy about her origins. She may be a
daughter of Seti I (and thus the sister or half-sister of
her future husband), or possibly the granddaughter of
Pharaoh Ay of the 18th Dynasty, or her designation as 'hereditary
princess' has led to speculation that she may have been
the daughter of a Theban nobleman, thus securing the
unity and good relations of the Northern Kingdom [Nile
Delta] from whence the 19th Dynasty came, and the
Southern Kingdom, with Thebes as its capitol. In any case,
at age 13 she married the Prince Regent of Egypt,
Ramesses, then himself a boy of 15. Ten years later
Pharaoh Seti I died, and Ramesses II (aka Ramesses the
Great) became Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt. Nefertari
bore Ramesses at least four sons and two daughters in her
role as Great Royal Wife, but none of her sons outlived
their father. When Ramesses II died in 1213 at age 91,
Merneptah, the 13th son (by Isotnofret) became pharaoh.
Nefertari died in 1246, at age 56, of unknown cause and
was buried in the Valley of the Queens near Thebes.
probable that the digging of her tomb begun shortly after
Ramesses II became pharaoh. It is one of more than 88
tombs in the Valley of the Queens, and one of the most
elegant and best preserved. By the time Ernesto
Schiaparelli discovered the tomb in 1904 it had much
earlier been discovered by tomb raiders, who stole not
only all of the treasures but the sarcophagus and mummy
of the queen as well. However the tomb, referred to as
the "Sistine Chapel of Ancient Eygpt", was in
good condition and afforded a real look at the funerary
art of the Egyptians. The tomb consists of a staircase to
an antechamber decorated with painting from Chapter 17 of
The Book of the Dead. A Vestibule to the right
leads into the First Eastern Annex. A second staircase
leads down from the antechamber to the large four-pillared
burial chamber, where the queen's sarcophagus originally
rested. The burial chamber has 3 annexes as well. The
tomb was closed in 1950 due to threats to the art work,
but after extensive restoration from 1988-1992, the tomb
was reopened in a restricted fashion to the public. The
tomb was again closed in 2003, when evidence that damage
from visitors perspiration was causing serious molding of
the walls [see right]. My model is a vignette showing
Ramesses and Nefertari, with a young son in tow, viewing
the artistic progress in her future burial place. The
dark blue, star-studded ceiling is of course absent.
of the Lego Model under construction
in February 2011
involves the burial chamber...
annexes - the lower part
of Nefertari's tomb.
buildiing of the
burial chamber reaches...
height, work begins on
the second staircase.
addition the sizing and printing
of the very important artwork...
underway: the model is to look
like a miniature of the original!
upper rooms (antechamber,
vestibule & annex) can begin.
conserve tan Lego the first
staircase and entrance are to....
upward - and will
hopefully be stable.
the model about one
month before BrickWorld...
and lots of artwork
yet to be done. Whew!
of the Lego Model
in June 2011
The model was displayed at BrickWorld 2011 in Wheeling, Illinois and
again at Brickworld 2015 in Schaumberg, Illinois.
the overall view of the
model, just over 4 feet long.
begins on the dusty
floor on the Valley of the Queens.
The chariots of the pharoah await.
entrance of the tomb
is dig into the side of the
Mount of Thebes.
for sliding heavy
objects up and down.
staircase opens into the
Antechamber, with a table lining
two walls. Note that several ushabti
are already in place to assist the
Queen after her death.
Antechamber leads through
a narrow Vestibule into the
First Eastern Annex, which
will eventually contain things
the Queen will need in the
draw by torchlight from
the Book of the Dead.
Note that several ushabti are
already in place to assist the
Queen after her death.
north we see, in addition to the
narrow Vestibule and Annex a door
leading to the Second Staircase.
staircase is occupied by
several Nubians carefully
lowering the decorated lid
of Nefertari's sarcophagus.
Staircase is steeper
than the First...
side walls are similarly
covered with artwork the Queen
will need on her future journeys.
winged god guards
the entrance to the Burial
Chamber is by
far the largest room in the
tomb and is supported...
thick pillars so the
chamber cannot collapse.
artwork is in
various stages, with
several painters hard
Ramesses II and his
beloved Queen Nefertari view
the progress on a rare visit.
Annexes will be
decorated as well, after the
work in the Burial Chamber is
closeup of the royal
party, including the Grand
Vizier and the young Crown
who will one day become
Commander of the Troops.
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