Setau, the Viceroy of Nubia
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Setau
Age Unknown
Sex Male
Status Viceroy of Nubia
Height Unknown
Culture Ancient Egypt
Date(s) Buried around 1230 B.C.
Site Thebes
Current Location
Location Nubia, an ancient region in Northeastern Africa (now known as Sudan)
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Setau was the Viceroy of Kush in the second half of Rameses II's reign. Setau was known for doing many royal services such as building the temple of Wadi es-Sebua for Rameses II's. Eleven of his stela's were placed in front of the temple, which each stela demonstrates his career and duties as viceroy. As well, Setau built a temple called the "House of Ptah" which was dedicated to Ptah-Tatenen and Hathor. The King greatly admired Setau's work and declared him to be the "high Steward of Amen", which lead to Setau being the Viceroy of Nubia.


Specific details about the mummification process have not yet been released however, the mummy of Setau is buried in a tomb with a sarcophagus lid, made of red granite. It is located in the Dra' Abu el-Naga' area of the Theban Necropolis. The tomb displays Setau holding two magical symbols. In one hand holds a girdle of Isis and the other holds a died pillar. The tomb is decorated with scenes which vary from the book of the dead, scenes from a funeral procession, and occasionally scene of Setau and his wife, Nofretmut.

External Links


Putnam, J. (1993). Mummy. New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.

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