MIN

The owner of TT109, Min, was Mayor of Tjeny (Thinis) and the Oasis, Overseer of the prophets of Osiris and Onuris and tutor of Amenhotep II during the reign of Thutmosis III, in the 18th Dynasty. Unfortunately, little is known about his family: just that his mother was called Say and his sons were Senty (called Iuty) and Sebekmose.

The importance of Min, tutor of the future king Amenhotep II, is clear. On the south wall of the transversal hall of the tomb his role is expressed by the reliefs: in the fourth register, indeed, two small scenes show Min with prince Amenhotep. Min is sitting here facing left with the prince on his lap; a second scene shows him teaching the prince how to shoot a bow and arrow. The texts connected with this scene describe it as a lesson in archery in the court of the palace of Thinis, indicating that the prince actually spent some time in the household of his tutor. The scenes of the archery lesson and the accompanying text are of special importance because they provide the only concrete evidence concerning the duties of a royal tutor. Moreover, these tomb’s depictions with the young prince Amenhotep indicate that Min died before Amenhotep became king and never lived to see his nursling take the throne (Amenhotep is only shown as a child and labeled as sA nswt “king’s son”).

The importance of Min is also stressed by the numerous titles he held. Min was a very important person at the time of king Thutmosis III. In addition to the titles connecting him to the Thinite nome and to the title of Tutor of the future pharaoh Amenhotep II, Min was also: Seal-bearer of the King of Lower Egypt, Overseer of the army of the western river, chief administrator of the Lord of the Two Lands, chief, overseer of the South and scribe.


Min sitting with the prince on his lap (Virey, P. (1889): Sept tombeaux thébains. MMAF 2, p 368, fig. 4.
(redrawn by Irene Morfini)