On 11 July 2008 the Society EES members were treated to a lecture by Dr Francesco Tiradritti of the Associazione Culturale “Harwa 2001” ONLUS and Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission to the tombs of Harwa (TT 37), Akhimenru (TT 404) and Pabasa (TT 297) in Luxor. Dr Tiradritti spoke about ‘Excavations, Discoveries, Perspectives’ in TT 37, where his work has been focused in the last few years.
The audience was thrilled to see images of the interior of the tomb which has never been open to the public, and to hear of the discovery of previously unknown reliefs, some of which shed new light on the heirs of this important official of Dynasty 25.
The artists who worked on the tomb of Harwa were extremely skilled as is shown by this relief of a herd of donkeys from the courtyard. Note the complexity of the rendering of their legs and ears. Photo: Giacomo Lovera.
Another relief from the courtyard of TT 37 is revealed. The inscription relates to Harwa’s namesake, his nephew and heir, whose head is shown emerging from the debris: “The beloved son of his brother, Harwa, son of Padimaat.”
The lecture was held in the elegant rooms of the Society of Antiquaries, as was the reception which followed it, at which members had the opportunity to discuss the work of the Italian Mission with Dr Tiradritti himself.
EES members at the reception after Dr Tiradritti’s lecture.
The Society’s Deputy Director, Chris Naunton and Dr Tiradritti outside the Society of Antiquaries.
The photographs taken in the tomb appear courtesy of the Associazione Culturale “Harwa 2001” ONLUS. For further information on their work please see their website: http://www.harwa.it/.