Tomb of Sennefer (TT96)

Pencil Drawings of the scenes on the pillars
in the burial chamber. Jenny Carrington.

With Gardiner Codes, Transliteration and Translation.


The images on the pillars portray more of the funerary rituals. While two are from the Opening of the Mouth ceremony, the others are mostly scenes of domestic harmony, with Meryt, his beloved, presenting him with food, wine, flowers, clothing, jewellery, myrrh, all good things which a KA needs, in this life and the next. There is even one where neither Sennefer nor Meryt are holding any objects in their hands, but they hold each other. Meryt's left hand supporting his elbow, his right hand gently touching her shoulder, their other hands touching fingertip to fingertip.

East side of pillar 1

M23-X8-R4:X1*Q3-M17-N35:Q3*G43-!
W17-N35:X1-R8-O21-D37:I9-O1-!
D21:D21:D54-V30:X1-D2-Z1-R3-I9:Aa13-!
N7-N35:X1-N5-Z1-V30:N35-D28-Z1-N35-!
F4:D36-T23-F35-A52-Aa11:P8h-!

[[-D21:N37-D19:V31-Aa13:D36-G4-W23-Z2-]]-!
M17-N35-T23-N35:X1:I9-V30:X1-O1-Z1
-U7-M17-M17-X1-!!

Htp-di-nsw inpw xnty sH-nTr di=f prr nbt Hr wdHw=f m Xrt nt hrw nb n kA n HAty-a sn-nfr mAa xrw
[rS=k m antyw] in snt=f nbt pr mryt

An offering which the king gives Anubis, Foremost of the Divine Booth, that he may give all which comes forth upon his offering table in the course of every day for the Ka of the Mayor Sennefer, true of voice.
[May you be joyful with myrrh.] His companion is the Lady of the House, Meryt.

South side of pillar 1

F4:D36-G17-O49-X1:Z1-M24-N21:Z1-!
F20-E1:Z2-N35-M17-Y5:N35-A40-!
T23-F35-A52-Aa11:P8h-Aa1:D21-!
D4:(Q1*A40)-S38-N29:Y1-I10:X1:N16-!

X3*W22:X4:Z2-E3:Z2-G38:Z2-!
Aa1-X1-V30:X1-F35-D60-X1
-M17-N35-T23-N35:X1:I9-!
N36:X1:I9-V30:X1-O1-Z1
-U6-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

HAty-a m niwt rsy imy-r mnmnt n imn sn-nfr mAa-xrw xr wsir HqA Dt
t Hnqt kAw Apdw xt nbt nfrt wabt in snt=f mrt=f nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw

Mayor of the Southern City, Overseer of the Cattle of Amun, Sennefer, true of voice before Osiris, Ruler of Eternity.
Bread and beer, oxen and fowl, everything good and pure. His companion is his beloved, the Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.

West side of pillar 1

F4:D36-N35-O49:X1*Z1-!
M24-N21:Z1-F20-W17-X1:N37-!
N35-M17-Y5:N35-T23-F35-!
Aa11:P8h-Aa1:D21-R8-O29v-!

W14-M17-S29-I9-X1-G43-U7-M17-M17-I9-!
X1-G43-N35-G9-N19-D4:(Q1*A40)-S38-I10:X1:N16-!
M17-N35-V30:X1-O1-Z1
-U7-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

HAty-a n niwt rsy imy-r xnt-S n imn sn-nfr mAa-xrw xr nTr aA
Hsi=f tw mry=f tw n ra-Hr-Axty wsir HqA Dt in nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw

Mayor of the Southern City, Overseer of the Garden of Amun, Sennefer, true of voice, before the great god.
May he favour you, may he love you, for Ra Horakhty and Osiris, Ruler of Eternity. The Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.

North side of pillar 1

F4:D36-G17-O49-X1-Z1-M24-N21:Z1
-T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-!
T23-N35:X1:I9-N36:X1:I9-V30:X1-O1-Z1
-U6-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!
O42:Q3-D40:V31-W23*Z2:Aa13-R10-O1:D21-D54-!
Aa13:D52:Y1-N35:N5*Z1-V30:Aa13-!
Q1-X1*O1:V31-V30-I10:X1:N16
-F4:D36-N35-O49:X1*Z1-M23-N21:Z1-!
T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-Aa1:D21-R8-O29v-!!

HAty-a m niwt rsy sn-nfr mAa-xrw snt=f mrt=f nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw
Ssp=k inw m Xrt-nTr pr m mt n hrw nb m st=k [nb] Dt HAty-a n niwt rsy sn-nfr mAa-xrw xr nTr aA

Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice, and his companion, his beloved, Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.
May you receive gifts in the necropolis when you go forth as usual for every day in your place of eternity, Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice, before the great god.


East side of pillar 2

F4:D36-N35-O49-X1:Z1-M24-N21:Z1-F20-G1-!
V28-N21:Z2-N35-M17-Y5:N35-T23-F35-Aa11v\r2-P8-!

W14-M17-M17-I9-X1-G43-U7-M17-M17-!
I9-X1-G43-N35-G15-X1-G36:D21-X1-!
V30:X1-M17-N37:D21-E23:O49-V30:X1-N1-!
V28-W24:W10:X1-N16:N16-M17-S3-T23-N35:X1:I9-!
N36:X1:I9-V30:X1-O1-Z1-U7-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:P8h-!!

HAty-a n niwt rsy imy-r AHw(t) n imn sn-nfr mAa-xrw
Hsy=f tw mry=f tw n mwt wrt nbt iSrw nbt pt Hnwt tAwy in snt=f mrt=f nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw

Mayor of the Southern City, Overseer of the Fields of Amon, Sennefer, true of voice.
May he favour you, may he love you, for the great Mother (Mut), the Lady of Isheru, Mistress of Heaven, Mistress of the Two Lands. His companion is his beloved, the Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.

South side of pillar 2

F4:D36-G17-O49-X1-Z1-!
M24-N21:Z1-T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-!
Aa1:D21-R8-O29v-S38-I10:X1:N16-!

W14-M17-S29-I9-X1-G43-!
U6-M17-M17-I9-X1-G43-!
N35-M17-Y5:N35-M17-N35-T23-N35:X1:I9-!
M27-X1-N35:X1-M17-Y5:N35
-U6-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

HAty-a m niwt rsy sn-nfr mAa-xrw xr nTr aA HqA Dt
Hsi=f tw mry=f tw n imn in snt=f Smayt nt imn mryt mAa-xrw

Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice before the Great God , Ruler of Eternity.
May he favour you, may he love you, for Amon. His companion is the Chantress of Amon, Meryt, true of voice.

West side of pillar 2

M23-X8-R4:X1*Q3-D4:Q1*A40-!
S38-N29-I10:X1:N16-D37:I9-O34:O34-!
D19-P5-G43-D36:N35-X1-G4-W22-R7-!
Aa13-N7-N35:X1-N5*Z1:V30-N35-D28*Z1:N35-!
F4:D36-T23-F35-A52-Aa11:P8h-!

T23-N35:X1:I9-N36:Z1:I9-V30:X1-O1-Z1-M27-X1-!
N35-M17-Y5:N35-U7-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

Htp di nsw wsir HqA Dt di=f ss(n) TAw antyw m Xrt nt hrw nb n kA n HAty-a sn-nfr mAa-xrw
snt=f mr=f nbt pr Smayt n imn mryt mAat-xrw

An offering which the king gives Osiris, Ruler of Eternity, that he may give myrrh to scent the air in the course of every day for the ka of the Mayor Sennefer, true of voice,
and his companion, his beloved, Lady of the House, Chantress of Amon, Meryt, true of voice.

North side of pillar 2

F4:D36-G17-!
O49:X1*Z1-M24-N21:Z1-!
F20-E1:Z2-N35-!
M17-Y5:N35-T23-F35-!
A51-Aa11:P8h-I10&I9-!
Q1-X1:H8-R8-X1-G14-R8-X1-A41-G25-Aa1:X1-Aa13-!
R10-O42:Q3-D40:V31-X3*X1:X4:Z2-!
O1*Z1:D21-D54-Aa13-I10:X1:N16
-F4:D36-T23-F35-Aa11v\r2-P8-!
T23-N35:X1:I9-V30:X1-O1-Z1
-U7-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

HAty-a m niwt rsy imy-r mnmnt n imn sn-nfr mAa-xrw
D(d)=f Ast nTrt mwt nTrt Axt m Xt-nTr Ssp=k t pr m Dt HAty-a sn-nfr mAa-xrw snt=f nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw

Mayor of the Southern City, Overseer of the Cattle of Amun, Sennefer, true of voice.
He says: Isis the divine Mother of the God, the spirit in the necropolis, may you receive offerings which come forth for eternity. Mayor Sennefer, true of voice and his companion, Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.


East side of pillar 3

[Across top]
I10&S43-F39:Aa1-M17-M17-Aa1:D21
-M17-N35:Q3*G43-A40-M17-Z11-Aa2\*X1:D40
-D4:Q1*A40-F4:D36-T23-F35-Aa11v\r2-P8-!

Dd mdw imAx xr inpw imy-wt wsir sn-nfr mAa-xrw

Words spoken by the revered one before Anubis who is in the Embalming Chamber, Sennefer, true of voice.

[Within image]
F4:D36-N35-O49-X1:Z1-M24-X1:Z1-F20-O51-X1*Z4-!
N35-M17-Y5:N35-T23-F35-A52-Aa11:P8h-!

D28-Z1-V31-D4:D21-N5:Z1-F35-!
V30:X1-O1-Z1 M27-X1-N35:X1-!
M17-Y5:N35-U6-M17-M17-X1-B1-!!

HAty-a n niwt rsyt imy-r Snwty n imn sn-nfr mAa-xrw
kA=k irr hrw nfr nbt pr Smayt nt imn mryt

Mayor of the Southern city, Overseer of the Granaries of Amun, Sennefer, true of voice.
Your Ka, making a happy day. The Lady of the house, Chantress of Amun, Meryt.

South side of pillar 3

D21:Q3:D36-F4:D36-Y5:N35:Y1-!
W14-X1:Z2-O29:D36:Y1-U7:X1-V22:F34*Z1-!
Y5:N35-U22*Aa1:N35-V30:N16:N16-F4:D36-!
G17-O49-X1:Z1-M24-N21:Z1-F20-!
W17-N37:N35-M17-Y5:N35-T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-!

S29-Y5:N35:X1-Y1-F34*F34:N35-F4:D36-!
T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-M17-N35-T23-N35:X1:I9-!
U6-M17-M17-I9-M27-X1-M17-M17-!
N35:X1-M17-Y5:N35-U6-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:P8h-!!

rpa HAty-a mn Hswt aA mrt mH-ib mnx n nb tAwy HAty-a m niwt rsy imy-r xnty-S n imn sn-nfr mAa-xrw
smnt ibwy n HAty-a sn-nfr mAa-xrw in snt=f mry=f Smayt nt imn mryt mAat-xrw

Hereditary Noble and Mayor, firm in favour and great of love, Trusted Confidant of the Lord of the Two Lands, Mayor of the Southern City, Overseer of the Gardens of Amun, Sennefer, true of voice.
Setting in place the two hearts for the Mayor Sennefer, true of voice. His companion is his beloved, Chantress of Amun, Meryt, true of voice.

West side of pillar 3

F4:D36-G17-!
O49:X1*Z1-M24-N21:Z1-!
T23-F35-A52-!
Aa11:P8h-Aa1:D21-R8-O29v-!

T23-N35:X1:I9-N36:X1:I9-M27-N35:X1-!
M17-Y5:N35-V30:X1-O1-Z1-!
U7-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

HAty-a m niwt rsy sn-nfr mAa-xrw xr nTr aA
snt=f mrt=f Smayt nt imn nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw

Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice, before the great god.
His companion, his beloved, Chantress of Amun, Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.

North side of pillar 3

I10&S43-O50-Z1-Z1-Z1-Z1-F17-V31-O50:Z4-!
[&-G7-&]-D4:Q2-T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-!
([G148] of extended library, falcon with outstretched wings.)

I10&S43-O50-Z1-Z1-Z1-Z1-F17-V31-O50:Z4-!
G5-D4:Q2-F4:D36-T23-F35-!!

Dd-mdw sp 4 abw=k sp 2 dwn-a.wy wsir sn-nfr mAa-xrw
Dd-mdw sp 4 abw=k sp 2 Hr wsir HAty-a sn-nfr

Words spoken four times.
Your purification is the purification of Dun-a.wy, Osiris Sennefer, true of voice.
Words spoken four times.
Your purification is the purification of Horus, Osiris Mayor Sennefer.


East side of pillar 4

F4:D36-N35:O49*X1*Z1-M24-N21:Z1-!
F20-F35-D21:X1-N35-M17-Y5:N35-N5-Z1-!
T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-Aa1:D21
-D4:Q1*A40-R8-O29v-V30-I10:X1:N16-!

D28-Z1-V31:D4-N5:Z1-F35-G17-!
Q1-X1:O1-V31:N35-V28-N5-V28-!
V30:X1-O1-Z1-U6-M17-M17-X1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

HAty-a n niwt rsy imy-r nfrt n imn ra sn-nfr mAa-xrw xr wsir nTr aA nb Dt
kA=k ir hrw nfr m st=k n nHH nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw

Mayor of the Southern city, Overseer of the Beauty of Amon Ra, Sennefer, true of voice before Osiris, the Great God, Lord of Eternity.
[For] your ka, making a happy day in your place of eternity. Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.

South side of pillar 4

D21:Q3:D36-F4:D36-V22:F34*Z1-O29:D36-!
N35-V30:N16:N16-F20-W17-N35:X1:N37-!
N35-M17-Y5:N35-F4:D36-G17-O49-X1-Z1-!
M24-N21:Z1-T23-F35-A51-!
Aa11:P8h-Aa1:D21-R8-O29v-V30-R11-R11-R11-!

T23-N35:X1:I9-N36:X1:I9-M27-N35:X1-M17-Y5:N35-!
W14-M17-M17-X1-N35-G15-X1
-Aa13-M17-N37:D21-E23-!
V30:X1-O1-Z1-U7-M17-M17-X1-B1-Aa11:X1:P8h-!!

rpa HAty-a mH-ib aA n nb tAwy imy-r xnty-S n imn HAty-a m niwt rsy sn-nfr mAa-xrw xr nTr aA nb Ddw
snt=f mrt=f Smayt nt imn Hsyt n mwt m iSrw nbt pr mryt mAat-xrw

Hereditary Noble and Mayor, Great Confidant of the Lord of the Two Lands, Overseer of the Gardens of Amon, Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice before the Great God, Lord of Djedu.
And his companion, his beloved, Chantress of Amon, favoured one of Mut in Isheru, Lady of the House, Meryt, true of voice.

West side of pillar 4

F4:D36-N35-O49-X1:Z1-!
M24-X1:N21:Z1-T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-!

D21:X8*X1-S27-S28-!
T23-N35:X1:I9-U6-M17-M17-X1-!!

HAty-a n niwt rsyt sn-nfr mAa-xrw
rdit sSrw snt=f mryt

Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice.
Giving linen. His companion is Meryt.

North side of pillar 4

M23-X8-R4:X1*Q3-!
D4:Q1*A40-S38-N29-!
I10:X1:N16-D37:I9-D54-D55-!
G17-R10-D21:R4-!
D2-Z1-Q1-X1:O1-I9:N35-I10:X1:N16-!
M17-S3-F4:D36-G17-!
O49:X1:Z1-M24-F20-G1-V28-N21:Z2-!
N35-M17-Y5:N35-F20-W17-N37:N21*Z1-!
N35-M17-Y5:N35-T23-F35-Aa11:P8h-!

htp di nsw wsir HqA Dt di=f iw xtxt m Xrt-nTr r Htp Hr st=f n Dt in HAty-a m niwt rsy imy AHwt n imn imy-r xnty-S n imn sn-nfr mAa-xrw

An offering which the king gives Osiris, Ruler of Eternity so that he may give coming and going in the necropolis and resting upon his seat for eternity, by the Mayor of the Southern city, Overseer of the Fields of Amun, Overseer of the Gardens of Amun, Sennefer, true of voice.

Titles of the four priests:
V28-W5-D58-D2-D1-!
R8-U36-N35-O1:Z1-F35-!
S29-U23-A1-!
S29-G17-A1-!!

Xry-Hbt Hry-tp...Chief Lector Priest
smA...Priest who clothes the God
Hm ntr n pr nfr...Prophet of the Beautiful House
sm...Priest


Sennefer and Meryt Papyrus Painting

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