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Mastaba of Ti Mastaba of Ti
Photo courtesy of The Egypt Archive
The lifesized statue of Ti in his Serbad.
The original is in Cairo Museum.


The mastaba-tomb is to the north of the rest house. Ti was a court official in the 5th dynasty. He married a woman from the royal blood and so his children were treated as royals. Ti was also an overseer of the estates and a court hairdresser. His marvelous tomb was discovered by August Mariette in the 1860s.

The tomb is indeed an expressive tomb for the Old Kingdom art and it shed much light over life in that era. Though the tomb was in a shape of a mastaba, it is now sunk in the sand.

The huge tomb is approached by a two pillared entrance that opens into the pillared court. The court has a central hole that leads to burial chamber through passageways.

There are also several other passageways and storerooms in the tomb. One of the most famous reliefs of the tomb is a one in which Ti is depicted inspecting the work standing on his boat. Another big scene illustrates Ti on a boat sailing through papyrusWhat does it mean? marshes while his workers are hunting hippopotami and fishing. Other scenes include everyday life scenes and work activities of Ti.

A small room attached to the court contains a statue of Ti which is actually a replica of an original one that is now in Cairo's Egyptian museum.

       
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