SPANISH-EGYPTIAN MISSION AT DRA ABU EL-NAGA TOMBS OF DJEHUTY AND HERY (TT 11-12)
2th Season Report: January 29th – February 27th
Hery was a high official at the very beginning of the XVIIIth Dynasty. He held the office of "overseer of the granaries of the royal wife and king's mother Ahhotep". He built for himself a tomb at Dra Abu el-Naga (TT 12), and decorated the walls of its corridor with scenes in relief of very high quality. The style of the reliefs is similar to Amenhotep I's reliefs in Karnak. Thus, it is very probable that Hery died under this king, or slightly after.
Today, Hery´s tomb is communicated with that of Djehuty (TT 11) through the transversal hall of a third tomb (no. 399 in F. Kampp, Die tebanische Nekropole).
The name Djehuty was quite common among officials at the beginning of the XVIIIth Dynasty, and particularly during the time of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III. One of them was the owner of the tomb TT 11 at Dra Abu el-Naga. As "overseer of works" under Hatshepsut, he controlled the craftsmen working on the sacred bark "User-hat-Amun", on an ebony chapel in Deir el-Bahari and on various chapels, doors, altars and obelisks in Karnak. As "overseer of the Treasure", he registered the marvels brought to Thebes by the Punt expedition, and products coming from other foreign lands. He managed to gather the resources to make for himself a nice tomb, decorated in relief of a high quality. Due to his close relationship with the queen, however, his face was destroyed from reliefs and statues in his tomb, and his name and the names of his relatives were intentionally erased.