Tomb of Shuroy (TT13)
Shuroy held the title ‘Head of Brazier-bearers of Amun’ during the Ramesside Period. His tomb can be found a few metres to the south of the tomb of Roy (TT255) at Dra Abu el-Naga, not far from the road off to the King’s Valley. Shuroy’s tomb is larger than that of Roy, having two chambers, a vestibule and a hall and has recently opened to visitors after being renovated and conserved.
The modern entrance is actually cut into the rear chamber of the tomb, so to view the paintings in the correct sequence, go first into the smaller vestibule and begin at the original entrance. Traditional scenes from the ‘Book of Gates’ can be seen on the left-hand side of the entrance in which Shuroy and his wife, Wernefer, are shown adoring divinities (sketches). The king and queen are depicted but unfortunately the cartouches were left blank, so we do not know precisely under whose reign the tomb was built.
The wall opposite the entrance, on the left-hand side, has a depiction of a personified djed-pillar on the western emblem and on the right-hand side shows the djed on the eastern emblem.
The hall shows the usual Ramesside funerary scenes. On the left side are offering-bearers, and the deceased with his relatives in a garden, with the funeral procession below. These scenes are not well-preserved. The wall opposite shows a priest with the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ implements before Shuroy’s mummy. Below, Shuroy kneels with braziers before Hathor as a cow in the Western Mountain.
To the right of the entrance to the vestibule are the banqueting scenes with musicians and clappers. On the wall opposite, Thoth brings the deceased before Osiris, Isis and Nephthys.
In the centre of this wall a niche was decorated with women on the left and a man squatting, with Shuroy offering on the right.
The tomb of Shuroy at is open from 6.00am to 4.00pm in winter. A ticket for the Dra ‘Abu el-Naga tombs of Roy and Shuroy costing EGP 15 can be bought at the ticket office.