Funerary Compositions

The right (southwest) wall of corridor D of the tomb of Rameses IX (KV 6) is decorated with two such scenes. The first represents the king offering to Ptah and Ma'at, followed by an ithyphallic figure of the god Osiris leaning against a sandy hill, protected by a giant serpent. Farther along the same wall is a composition in three registers. The top register consists of a series of sand-filled circles, each containing an inverted spread-eagled man. There is a solar bark bearing a scarab at the far end of the middle register and from it arrows fly to pierce serpents and goddesses standing on mounds adoring the sun [15599]. The bottom register features such unusual figures as a sun disk with scarabs emerging, a two-headed mummy, a leaning god holding a snake, four figures leaning backward, and four goddesses standing on serpents. The rear wall of the burial chamber in KV 6 has traces of a scene showing the resurrection of Osiris beneath a representation of the morning and evening solar barks. A nearly identical (and better-preserved) version decorated the ceiling of the chamber I of KV 9 [16287].     15599 16287
The ceilings of both KV 6 and KV 9 have other unique and enigmatic scenes. These include different views of the solar bark and its occupants, figures standing on beds [15655], and the Mehen-serpent [16298]. In KV 9, the ceiling of chamber H is decorated with different aspects of the sun god Ra [16290], as well as the lunar crescent and disk [16289]. There is a scene perhaps intended to repel hostile forces in the area of the accidental breakthrough into KV 12 above gate I [16291].     15655 16298 16290 16289 16291

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