Tomb of Ramesses IX, Valley of the Kings
No. 6, the Tomb of Ramesses IX (Neferkare), is approached by a flight of steps with a ramp in the middle. On the right hand side of the staircase is an unfinished inscription in Ramesses's name. On the lintel of the doorway: the sun worshiped by the King and Isis (left) and by the King and Nephthys (right).
Opening hours: 6am-5pm
Useful tips: Photography prohibited.
Tomb of Ramesses IX - First Corridor
ln the first corridor, at the near end, on left, is a chapel, beside which the King is depicted in presence of Harakhty and Osiris. Farther along, above the doors of two small undecorated chambers, is a text from the "Praising of Re". Just beyond the second chamber is a text from the 125th Chapter of the "Book of the Dead" which contains a declaration by the dead man of his freedom from sin; below, a priest in the costume of the god Hor-en-metef pours the hieroglyphs for "life", "constancy" and "wealth" over the King, who is clad like Osiris. On the right hand wall, opposite the chapel, the King is depicted in a chapel in the presence of Amun and the death goddess Mertseger. Above the doors of the side chambers are representations of snakes and dog and bull headed spirits, with an inscription giving the beginning of the "Sun God's Journey through the Underworld".
Tomb of Ramesses IX Second Corridor
At the near end of the second corridor, on the left, is a snake rearing up in a vertical position; to the right of this and in the niche are figures of gods (from the "Praising of Re"); below the niche is the King, followed by the goddess Hathor. Beyond this, on the left, texts from the "Book of the Dead"; then the King in the presence of the falcon headed Khons-Neferhotep, with a falcon hovering over his head. On the right hand wall is another erect snake; beyond the niche, figures of demons and spirits (many of them enclosed within oval frames). On the ceiling are stars.
Tomb of Ramesses IX - Third Corridor
Third corridor, left hand wall: the sun's journey during the second hour of the night and the beginning of the third. Right hand wall: the King presenting an image of Maat to Ptah, before whom the goddess herself is standing; beyond this, the King's resurrection (his mummy lying, on a hill with his arms raised above his head; the erect phallus chiseled away), with a scarab and the sun above the mummy. Then come three rows of demons: top row, eight suns, in each of which is a black man standing on his head; middle row, snakes pierced by arrows, praying women and a scarab in a boat with snakes' heads at both ends; bottom row, demons mounted on snakes and four men, bent backwards, spitting out scarabs. First chamber, rear wall: on each side of the door a priest wearing a panther skin and side lock making an offering before a standard. The roof of the second chamber is supported on four pillars. From here a short passage runs down to the tomb chamber, which contained the sarcophagus. On the wall are figures of gods and spirits. On the vaulted ceiling are two figures of the sky goddess, representing the morning and evening sky; below her are constellations, stellar barques, etc.