The rulers of the ninth nome of Upper Egypt, the Panopolite, with its capital at Akhmim, were buried in tombs cut into the rock of a mountain at El Hawawish, to the southeast of the capital. Seni was responsible for the decoration of at least two of the tombs, those of the nomarchs Tjeti-iker and his son, Kheni. He was evidently highly regarded, for he identified himself as the tombs' decorator in their inscriptions and had himself represented in the company of his patrons.Seni's work, painted on to the mud-lined walls of the tombs, is very distinctive. Though it is much depleted, the high quality and the originality of Seni's paintings and inscriptions are still sparkling and evident.
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Last Updated: June 20th, 2011