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TT120 - Tomb of Second Prophet of Amun, Noble Anen

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Noble Anen

“Chancellor of Lower Egypt”; “Second Prophet of Amun”; “Sem Priest of Heliopolis”; “Divine Father”

Son to Noble Yuya and Lady Thuya; Brother to Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye and Brother-in-Law, Pharaoh Amenhotep III; Brother to future Pharaoh Ay; Uncle to Crown Prince and future Pharaoh Amenhotep IV

Image Above: Temple of Amun, Malkata Palace City Complex

Image Below: Statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye, Anen’s sister


His early life would have been growing up within his parent’s estate in the Upper Egyptian Town of Akhmim and with all probability he would have been familiar with the Royal Court as a younger child through his mother’s connections to the Royal Family.

Once his sister married Pharaoh, we can assume that Anen’s life and status changed especially as his brother-in-law, Pharaoh Amenhotep III, elevated him to the Titles shown above. He, along with the rest of his family, would have joined the Royal Court who, for the majority of the year, were located in the Malkata City Palace Complex which Pharaoh erected for the Royal Court’s use from Regnal Year 11. For more details about the City where Noble Anen would have spent much of his life, click here.


Death and Tomb

Nobel Anen is not mentioned as being present, or taking a part, in Pharaoh Amenhotep III’s 3rd Heb Sed Festival. For details about this Heb Sed Festival, click here.  So we can safely assume that he had died by the time of this Festival, which was set to Pharaoh’s Regnal Year 30, as his presence at the Festival would have been mandated as the Second Prophet of Amun, let alone the point that he was brother-in-law to the Pharaoh. Furthermore, Noble Anen’s Title of “Second Prophet of Amun” is taken over by the Noble Simut, who was previously the “Fourth Prophet of Amun” for the last decade of Pharaoh’s reign, another strong indicator of his death at this juncture.

Noble Anen was buried in Tomb TT120 in the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna area of the Theban Necropolis, on the West Bank of the Nile at Thebes, close to Malkata City Palace Complex.

A Rock hewn Tomb which consists of a flat stone walled Forecourt; moving into a Hall with 3 Pillars, the Walls inside are decorated with scenes of the Harvest and depict the deceased with his wife, while retaining room to portray his Sister, Great Royal Wife, Queen Tiye and Pharaoh Amenhotep III; leading on to the final Inner Room which is longer and narrower, it is thought that Anen would have been buried here though no remains have been located to date. This Inner Room is decorated with Scenes from the Book of the Dead (click here to learn about the Spells) , the Fields of Aaru (click here to discover the Ancient Egyptian view of Heaven) and a Boat Trip to the old Necropolis at Abydos (click here to look at the remains at Abydos) .


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