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Cut into the cliffs of the Theban necropolis in Luxor's West Bank, the tomb of Menna is known for the colorful and remarkably well-preserved paintings that adorn the chapel walls. Although little is known about Menna, his tomb provides insight into his life as a member of ancient Egypt's elite class.
Titles that appear in his tomb indicate that he was a scribe and an overseer of fields belonging to the pharaoh and the Temple of Amun-Re. In almost all of his depictions, Menna wears the sbyw-collar, known as the Gold of Honor. This indicates that he was formally recognized by the king. Project director Melinda Hartwig suggests Menna received this collar during one of Amenhotep III's Sed Festivals.
Considering the historic and artistic significance of the wall paintings, the joint project of Georgia State University and ARCE was not only well-timed but essential. Much of the first season in 2007 was dedicated to producing a condition survey, where any damage and previous interventions were carefully noted and photographed. The 2008 season focused on further conservation treatments. Conservators removed older repairs that used outdated methods on the wall surfaces and replaced them with a smooth layer of lime mortar mixed with sand in a color that was closer to the original wall color, and cleaning and conservation of the wall paintings revealed the striking colors of the images inside.
On the success of the project, Hartwig noted, "The tomb of Menna is in many ways an ideal Theban tomb structure, and the joint GSU-ARCE project not only succeeded in conserving its decoration but in producing the first scientific publication on the tomb and its contents."Like the colorful wall paintings in Menna's tomb, your gift contributes to work that unveils Egypt's inspiring beauty. Please donate today in support of the preservation of Egypt's rich cultural heritage! >>