Tomb Complex of Sennefer, Mayor of the "Southern City", Thebes
Located in a prominent position on the southern hillside of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, close to several other tombs from the time of Amenhotep II (of the 18th Dynasty, about 1439-1413 B.C.). It is usually referred to as the "Tomb of Vines", because a large part of the ceiling of the burial (or coffin) chamber and all of that of its antechamber are decorated to give the impression of standing under an overhanging vine arbour, hung with large bunches of grapes.
The names of six different women are found in the total complex and from the texts it certain that they could all refer to Sennefer's wives, even though they are identified as "sister", whilst omitting the qualifier "of the heart". These six names (even with hieroglyphic variations) are:
● Senetneferet ● Senetnay ● Senetmiah ● Senetmy ● Senay ● Meryt ●
For Sennefer to have had six wives is highly implausible, because generally the Egyptians were monogamous. Only if one partner died did a second marriage take place. Even then, for both wives to participate in the hereafter with their common husband, the first deceased wife is usually shown or named next to the second. Six successive marriages is very unlikely, so another explanation is required.
With the exceptions of Meryt (whose name only appears in the burial chamber) and Senetneferet (in the antechamber), all the other names appear in the upper chambers. Also, apart from Meryt, whose name name means "beloved", it can be seen that the other names are all formed from the element Sen (et) "sister" or "wife". It therefore seems likely that they are all just variants of the same name and thus the same person, Senetneferet being created by combining her name with that of Sennefer. In addition, several of these variants are given the same title "wet-nurse of the king" and it seems very improbable that Sennefer married several royal nurses with such similar names.