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Ineni - VARIED RESPONSIBILITIES., SOURCES

tomb reign superintendent thutmose

Late Dynasty 17(1630–1539B.C.E.)–Early Dynasty18(1539–1425 B.C.E.)

High Government Official
Superintendent of Royal Buildings

VARIED RESPONSIBILITIES.

Ineni held important offices in the administration of Egypt beginning with the reign of King Amenhotep I (1514–1493 B.C.E. ) and ending in the reign of Thutmose III (1479–1425 B.C.E. ). He held the titles Superintendent of the Granaries, Superintendent of Workmen in the Karnak Treasuries, Superintendent of the Royal Buildings, and Mayor of Thebes. His career probably stretched from late in Amenhotep I’s reign to early in Thutmose III’s reign, a period encompassing over twenty years. He was active in overseeing the excavation of the first tomb in the Valley of the Kings, belonging to Thutmose I (1493–1481 B.C.E. ). He must also have been involved in building Hatshepsut’s temple in Deir el Bahri, though the architect for that tomb was Senenmut, a younger colleague. Ineni’s own tomb was badly destroyed in antiquity. His autobiography carved on the wall and his statues were all defaced, perhaps by enemies. The most unusual feature of his tomb is the prevalence of trees both in paintings and lists. Over 394 sycamore, acacia, and palm trees of different varieties were painted and listed in hieroglyphs in the tomb, a feature unknown in other tombs.

SOURCES

Nathalie Baum, Arbres et arbustes de l’Egypte ancienne: la liste de la tombe thébaine d’Ineni (no. 81) (Leuven, Belgium: Departement Orientalistiek, 1988).

Eberhard Dziobeck, Das Grab des Ineni: Theben Nr. 181 (Mainz am Rhein, Germany: P. von Zabern, 1992).

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