Historical Fiction of an Egyptian Woman

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Name 1 Student Name Dr. Krygier Isis to Cleopatra April 18, 2008 QV89: The Discovery of Tanafriti Roy Chapman Andrews kicked the dust off his boots and squinted into the noonday sun. Standing atop the newly excavated tomb in the Valley of the Queens, Andrews gazed across the Nile to the once thriving city of Thebes as he reflected on what he knew about the mummy in QV89. The Valley of the Queens, known in ancient times as Ta-Set-Neferu, was the ritual burial location for members of the royal family and members of nobility during the New Kingdom (Robins, 1993a). A tomb in this prominent location provided sound evidence that the tomb was created for a person of great importance. It was now up to Andrews to piece together the evidence left behind over 3,000 years ago to create a comprehensive picture of the life of the occupant in QV89... Lying beneath their fine linen sheets, Tanafriti and Khenti stir in the morning heat. It's a hot spring morning in the grand city of Thebes, and there isn't much of a breeze. It is still dark outside when Khenti reaches over to lightly touch his wife's smooth bronze skin and give her a kiss on the cheek. Tanafriti smiles as she gets out bed and walks to the window. She and Khenti both work in the temple of Amun; as servants of the gods, they must be at the temples before sunrise to perform the ritualistic duties necessary to regenerate the god for another day. Tanafriti pulls on her linen robe and summons her servant Kemisi…
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Name 2 It is dark and dusty inside the tomb; luckily it has been well preserved and largely unscathed by the ravaging of tomb robbers. Andrews scans the darkness with his ARC 300 flashlight, hoping to avoid any bats or other beastly inhabitants. Even in the darkness it is clear to Andrews that this tomb was petitioned by someone of great status. The color pigmentation in the paintings is so vibrant they almost jump off the wall. As he moves closer, he notices the extensive detail and the stylistic form of the tomb painting. The style of tomb paintings changed with the era, and this particular style was used most frequently in the 18 th Dynasty, giving Andrews a point of reference for the time of burial. Standing in place, Andrews pivots his body to try to get a better view of the whole tomb. As he turns, his light falls upon countless tomb paintings, reliefs, tomb statues, and baskets, which he hopes contain clues toward the daily life of this unknown person. Andrews' eyes fall immediately upon a large bronze statue placed in the corner of the tomb. Moving closer, he realizes it is a woman dressed in a linen gown and elaborate wig, seated in a large chair. Running down the center of her lap was her name and title, perfectly preserved. Andrews gently brushed away the dust to read: "The Lady Tanafriti, Chantress of Amun, Chief of the Khener of Amun, and Mistress of the House." Andrews knew through his years of research at Cambridge that he was standing in the tomb of a woman who once wielded great power in the religious cults… Kemisi had prepared several jugs of water for bathing in the stone slab bathing quarters.
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