Tomb of Prince Mentuherkhopshef (KV19)

Prince Rameses Mentuherkhopshef was thought to be the son of Rameses IX and his is the only prince’s tomb open in the King’s Valley. It is situated on the left-hand fork off the path to KV43 in the eastern branch of the wadi and approached by a ramp.

Looking towards the tomb of Prince Mentuhirkhopshep

Mentuherkhopshef’s tomb is little more than a wide corridor, but is worth visiting for it’s delicate paintings and beautiful soft colours on a white plastered background. On the left and right-hand walls the prince is shown offering to various deities. One of the nicest aspects of the tomb is the variety and detail in the costumes the young prince is wearing, as well as many variations in the writing of his name. On the figure of Thoth, the buckle of his belt contains the cartouche of Rameses IX. The outer jambs of the entrance show three columns of texts sketched in paint with two pairs of uraei (royal cobras) beneath them.

The quarrying of the tomb was abandoned and its original dedication texts show that it was first intended for a Prince Setherkhepshef and was later taken over for Mentuherkhopshef.

The walls of the tomb are now covered by glass panels to protect them.


The tomb of Prince Mentuherkhopshef is currently open to visitors. There is a metal gate at the entrance to the tomb which is often locked, and you may have to find a guard to open it. Tickets for the King’s Valley cost EGP 80 for three tombs and can be bought at the gate. Photography inside the tombs is strictly forbidden and can incur heavy fines. There is a little train – the taftaf – that runs from the coach park to the entrance to the monument area and costs EGP 2.

~ by Su on February 6, 2009.