176 Route 9. SAKKARA. Mastaba
poultry-yard, with geese, pigeons, and cranes, which are being fed
with corn. The figure of Ti occurs twice (PI. i and I), once with
only the upper half, once with only the lower half, preserved.
The door in the corner, which is unlocked by the guide, admits
to a Corridor (PI. E), in which the wall-paintings are in better pre¬
servation. On each side are several series of bearers of offerings
(comp. p. 171), one above the' other. On the right is a niche
9'/4 ft. high and 6 ft. wide, containing a 'stele' dedicated to the
wife of Ti. On the left, on the inner part of the pillar of the
doorway, is Ti with his titles; then (between the first and second
doors) the transport of the statue of Ti and persons offering
incense. Hieroglyphics in different places inform us that 'this is
the statue in thorn-acacia wood of the deceased Ti', and 'this
is the statue in ebony, which they are drawing'; 'the drawing
of the statue is a good drawing'. — 'The servants pour out water'
is the inscription at the place where a servant is wetting the
runners of the sledge which hears the statue. — On the right
(between the niche and the second door) are several more rows of
gift-bearers. On the door-posts (left) two male figures and (Tight)
Ti with his titles. Over the door (N. side) musicians and dancers,
and (S. side) Ti in a boat (damaged). — We then come to a door
on the right, leading into an oblong, covered, and therefore
somewhat dark chamber (PI. F), the scenes adorning which afford
us an insight into the domestic economy of the deceased. Among
them are represented a complete pottery and a bakehouse, and
numerous vessels of various forms, destined for different uses.
On the upper part of the left door-post of this chamber a piece
of the sycamore wood to which the door was attached is still in its
place. — Above, on each side of the door of this chamber (on the E.
side of the corridor), are several barges, some of which are light
boats with a number of rowers with broad, shovel-shaped oars,
while others of heavier build have lateen sails and are also steered
with oars. In the bow of the vessel stands a man with a long pole
used for sounding, in the same way as is done at the present day.
These boats are conveying retainers of the deceased to Sakkara to
pay homage to his remains; for we read beside one of the sailing-
boats : — 'Arrival from the N. country, from the villages of the
family estate, in order that they may behold the chamberlain who
is perfect in consequence of his distinction in occupying the first
place in the heart of his sovereign, and the master of the mystery
of the kingdom of the dead, Ti'. The captain of the vessel, of which
we annex a woodcut, wishing to land on the W. bank, is represented
as giving the command — 'Direction, starboard, starboard!'
Leaving the corridor , we pass through the door opening to the
S. (with a figure of Ti on each side), and enter the Tomb Chamber
(PI. (?) itself, 223/4 ft. broad, 23y4 ft. long, and 12i/2 ft. in height,
and embellished with special care. The ceiling, in imitation of