The last place where you would expect color is inside a tomb. However, the newly found Egyptian T-shaped tomb in Luxor, a city along Nile which has often been dubbed as the “world’s greatest open air museum”, surprises with its vivacity – that is depicted by a series of fascinating murals of a couple in love. The discovery was made by a collaborative effort between Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), with the archaeologists being actually able to find two new tombs within a month. As for this latest exploration feat, the tomb belong to one Sa-Mut, a man who probably was alive during the 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (a period roughly between 1543 BC to 1292 BC).
The vibrant scenes represent variant phases from Sa-Mut and his wife Ta Khaeet’s life – including their daily activities and celebrations. All of these murals were expertly painted upon plastic by using intentionally bright colors and hues. As for the structural side of affairs, the tomb also boasts of a hall, but with unfinished side chambers that have shafts. Unfortunately, robbers had already made their way into the tomb during the antiquity period (after 10th century BC); and they seemed to have intentionally defaced many of the paintings – an act of vandalism mirrored in our modern day by ISIS and their ilk.
Interestingly, the earlier found tomb, belonging to one Rebiu, shares the very same courtyard with this latest discovered tomb. As for Rebiu’s profession, he was also known as Amenhotep – the door-keeper to the god Amun.
Image Credits: Egypt Antiquities Ministry