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Tombs of Zed Amun Ef Ankh and Bannentiu

Tombs of Zed Amun Ef Ankh and Bannentiu Review

These 26th-Dynasty tombs are proof that in ancient Egypt if you had enough wealth you could buy eternity. The wealthy merchant and his son, who appear to have made their fortunes in the wine trade, are interred in tombs with all the hallmarks of royal burials. The style is charming and informal, and the colors are vivid. The Tomb of Zed Amun Ef Ankh has the unique feature of painted papyrus columns, an element normally found only in temples. The grander tomb of his son, Bannentiu, elaborately depicts scenes from the Book of the Dead including the solar barque traveling to the underworld. The descent to the tombs is difficult because of the steep, narrow stairs.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Qarat Qasr Selim, down the hill from the Antiquities Office, Bawiti
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: £E45, combination ticket for all local archaeological sites
  • Hours: Sat.–Thurs. 8–5
  • Location: Bawiti

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