'Towboat on canal in Khonsu's tomb at Luxor.'
A mural detail in Khonsu's tomb shows a towboat towing the sacred boat of Thutmosis III (not in picture) on a canal. The sacred boat (transporting a statue of Thutmosis) is connected to the rudder of the towboat by means of a rope (visible on the right). The vessel is moving to the left, where the canal ends in a T-shape in front of the mortuary temple of the pharaoh. The stern and prow of the towboat are decorated with the ram-headed Amon and the falcon-headed Montu on a yellow background. The standing man on the left is making a burnt offering to the deified pharaoh, in front of a pile of offerings heaped on a table.
In the scene below a small shrine filled with offerings is awaiting the statue of Thutmosis III. Before it a chantress is holding a stem of papyrus and a sistrum.
Khonsu (also known as To or Ta) was a 19th dynasty "High-priest of Menkheper-re" (Thutmosis III) and was probably attached tot this pharaoh's mortuary temple on the west bank at Luxor. He held this function during the reign of Ramses II. He also held the function of high-priest of the war god Montu. His tomb (TT 31) is located in the Sheikh Abd el Qurnah Necropolis on the Westbank at Luxor and is one of the socalled "Tombs of the Nobles". Photo Mick Palarczyk and Paul Smit.