Tomb of Bakhet Ill (BH15)
Tomb number 15 is considered the earliest tomb open at the site of Beni Hassan. It dates back to the 11th Dynasty and it belongs to Bakhet III, the governor of the Oryx Nome during the later years of the 11th Dynasty, thus it dates back to the 2nd category.
The tomb is entered through a wide entrance placed in the middle of a plain façade. It consists of a squared chapel with two lotus columns separating the front part of the chapel from the rear. It also contains a shrine.
The tomb has a slightly vaulted roof and it contains 7 burial shafts for Bakhet and other members of his family.
The Western wall:
(1) The Northern side:
It shows scenes of hunting, water fowling using clap nets and gathering papyrus, which was used for several purposes either for making paper or as food for poor children.
(2) The Southern side:
It shows scenes of cattle herds, goats and granaries. Another register shows carpenters making ships.
The Northern wall:
It depicts Bakhet at a large scale, hunting in the desert with many types of animals. Also, Bakhet and his wife are represented while watching weavers making linen clothes as well as girls either playing acrobats or playing with a ball.
The Eastern wall:
Shows a battle scene along with 220 groups of wrestlers, each group consists of 2 wrestlers, one painted in light red, while the other in dark to distinguish between them.
The Southern wall:
It shows traditional funerary scene which shows Bakhet in a large scale, supervising his statue being dragged on a sledge to the tomb accompanied by offering bringers.
It also shows craftsmen at work, vintage scenes and recreational scenes of sports and playing the senet game.
It is small “L” shaped shrine positioned in the eastern of the south wall. It once contained the statue of Bakhet which is now in ruins.
The walls of the shrine are decorated by scenes of Bakhet sitting in front of an offering table piled with different types of offerings.