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Decoration And Architecture: The Definition Of Private Tomb Environment

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This chapter considers how the decoration technique in the portico of the mastaba of Ti integrates into the tomb discourse to create a three-dimensional ritual environment. Evidence presented shows how the combined use of raised and sunk relief generally defined visually the exterior, secular vs. the interior, sacred parts of monuments. In the mastaba of Ti, one finds extensive evidence that the monument was designed as a structured environment shaped to accommodate the interaction between the dead and the living. In every aspect, the portico reflects the dichotomy between outside vs. inside, secular vs. sacred, public vs. private. On one hand, the open form of the architecture and the location of the "appeal to the living" identify the portico as an "exterior" space. On the other hand, the serdab squint, the iconography, and the use of raised relief are tantamount to the setting of an interior chapel or ritual environment.

Keywords: decoration technique; royal funerary architecture; serdab squint; tomb environment



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