lunes, 3 de octubre de 2016

The mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep



The west wall of the offering chamber contains the two appearance doors of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep, as a partition before the serdab (or statue chamber) of the tomb. Today, the southerly appearance door of Niankhkhnum (width: 1.31m; height: 2.10m) is greatly damaged, because a shaft was cut through at a later period, causing the structure above it to collapse. The northerly appearance door (of the same size) of Khnumhotep remains intact. This northerly door contains a vertical slit in the right-hand section of the outer doorframe which produced the connection to the serdab lying behind this west wall. The two doors are separated by a central field (width: 0.53m). This is embellished by a representation of the two deceased embracing each other. The doors, together with the central field, form a single unit, since both appearance doors are interconnected by one upper horizontal lintel
The mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep
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The mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep






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