Tombs of El-Kokha, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna
Among the tombs on the south side of the Hill of El-Khokha and in the hill itself several are of particular interest.
Tomb of Neferronpet
No. 178, the Tomb of Neferronpet, also named Kenro, an official in the Treasury of Amun-Re in the reign of Ramesses II. The well preserved wall paintings and ceiling decoration in the two chambers of the tomb are characteristic examples of the art of the Ramessid period. In the first chamber are burial scenes; on the rear wall of the second chamber four statues.
Tomb of Surer
No. 48, the Tomb of Surer (full name Amenemhet), which lies east of No. 178, near the northwest corner of the precinct of Tuthmosis III's Temple. It is a large tomb of the reign of Amenophis III, similar to the Tomb of Ramose, with magnificent reliefs in the best style of the period. Adjoining the open forecourt is a transverse chamber with fluted columns, on the right hand rear wall of which the King is seen enthroned; farther right, statues being drawn to the tomb; a large, badly damaged, stela. The main chamber, hewn from the rock, has a vaulted roof supported by papyrus columns; it was left unfinished and is badly ruined.
Tomb of Nebamun and lpuki
No. 181, the Tomb of Nebamun and lpuki, two sculptors of the late 18th Dynasty, which is situated on the south side of the hill, has fine paintings with well preserved colors.Transverse chamber, left hand entrance wall (west half of south wall): Nebamun and his wife making offerings; a banquet; below, Ipuki and his wife receiving votive offerings from relatives. Right hand entrance wall (east half): the dead man praying to the deified Amenophis I and Queen Nefertari; below, the dead man, seated, supervising the work of his craftsmen (carpenters, goldsmiths, jewelers). Right hand end wall: the dead man praying to Osiris and the four sons of Osiris; below, two seated couples. Left hand rear and end walls: the burial and the funeral rites.
Tomb of Puyemre
No. 39, the Tomb of Puyemre, Priest of Amun in the reign of Tuthmosis III, lies on the northeast side of the hill. Badly ruined, it was restored from very many fragments by Norman de Garis Davies. It has fine reliefs, some of them with well preserved coloring.From the large forecourt, along the rear wall of which were a colonnade and six stelae, a central doorway leads into a transverse chamber, from which three doors open into chapels. Transverse chamber, right hand entrance wall: above, hunting in the marshes; below, bringing in tribute from the marshlands (poultry, cattle); fishing and birdcatching; gathering papyrus. Left hand entrance wall: the workshops of the Temple of Amun (carriagebuilders, goldsmiths, jewelers, carpenters, makers of stone vessels). Right hand end (north) wall: hunting in the desert. Rear wall: receiving tribute from the northern lands and the countries on the Red Sea (the best preserved reliefs are to the right of the central doorway). Right hand (north) chapel: funeral rites, the journey to Abydos, the dead man at table. Central chapel: slaughtering of sacrificial animals; the dead man receiving offerings. In the adjoining niche (the ceiling of which has a door shaped ornament): Swall, the dead man and his wife at table; on the rear wall was a stela, now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The surviving scenes in the left hand chapel show the dead man and his wife receiving offerings and seated at a table.
Tomb of Prennufer
No. 188, the Tomb of Prennufer, Royal Steward at the beginning of Amenophis IV's reign, lies to the west of No. 39. The Amarna style reliefs in the transverse chamber are much damaged and difficult to distinguish.