The Tomb of Isadora
This tomb is one of the funerary houses which are discovered at Tuna El Gabal. It is built of mud bricks.
This tomb was built for Isadora who was a beautiful girl drowned at the Nile while crossing it to meet her lover. Her father felt sad after her death and built his tomb to honor her. Isadora lived during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian.
The entrance of this tomb is approached by a flight of steps and it leads to the 1st room, the walls of which are covered by a large of Stucco, they bear no reliefs or inscriptions. However there are papyri attached at either side of the back wall of the 1st room. These papyri were written in Greek and they contained some poems describing the beauty of Isadora and the grief of her father.
The walls of the 2nd room are also covered by a layer of stucco and they carry no reliefs or inscriptions.
At the middle of the back wall, there is a niche, the top of which there is an imitation of a shell. On either side of the niche, there are the remains of scenes painted in water colour and they represent the flora and fauna life in Egypt.
The lower part of the niche contains a Kline on which was placed the mummy of Isadora.
On either side of the niche, there are the remains of scenes painted in water colour and they represent the flora and fauna life in Egypt.
On the northern wall of the 2nd room there are 2 recesses the exact purpose of which is uncertain. Some scholars suggested that there were used for placing the offerings. Others suggested that they were used for placing lambs to lighten the tomb during the visits.