Mastaba of Ptah-Hotep and Akhti-Hotep

Mastaba of Ptah-Hotep and Akhti-Hotep, Saqqara

Mastaba of Ptah-Hotep and Akhti-Hotep

Mastaba of Ptah-Hotep and Akhti-Hotep
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TravelGipsy
Naples, FL92 contributions
Great
Dec. 2019
Thanks to our wonderful guide Hend. We’ve been several times, but never we saw the wonderful places that most tours miss. That is the difference between a great guide!
Written 10 December 2019
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Samy Amer
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Mastaba of Ptah-Hotep
May 2017 • Couples
This mastaba is actually a double mastaba. Ptah-Hotep seems to have held a very important position during the reign of Djedkare during the V Dynasty. Djedkare was the predecessor of Unas. Ptah-Hotep was self-described as a priest of Maat. Akhti-Hotep is thought to have been Ptah-Hotep's father. He was the vizier, chief of the treasury and the granary, as well as a judge. This mastaba is smaller than the Mastaba of Ti, but is more interesting. The reliefs that are found inside are not all completed. The main corridor has reliefs on both sides. On the left are what appear to be preliminary drawings in red. Over the red are corrections in black made by the master artist. Other reliefs show fowl being carried by servants to Ptah-Hotep. At the end of the corridor to the right to a pillard hall and then left is Ptah-Hotep's tomb chamber. The reliefs in the tomb chamber are the best preserved of the Old Kingdom. They have retained some color and are more famous than the mastaba of Ti. The ceilings in the tomb chamber are imitations of the trunks of palm trees. Back into the pillard hall and to the left is the chamber of Akhti-Hotep. It is quite similar to Ptah-Hotep's, although less decorated. Through a passageway to the left is a chamber that contains a mummy that has not been identified. The passageway leads to the pillard hall and the entrance corridor.
Written 11 June 2017
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wick1979
Dallas, TX2,849 contributions
Tombs
Oct. 2016 • Couples
Beautiful tombs in the step pyramid area. Local guy will let you take photos for 10LE. There are 2 areas to enter the tombs and to enjoy the hieroglyphics inside.
So beautiful
Written 19 October 2016
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X1_G8
Valencia, Spain63 contributions
Old Kingdom art better than New Kingdom art? That's right
Jul. 2013 • Couples
I'd been to Egypt before and was confounded by what I was looking at. In this Old Kingdom mastaba, the exquisitely beautiful bas-reliefs were unlike anything that I'd seen in the temples of the New Kingdom at Luxor. How can this be?

My guide explained to me that relief artistic quality was at its peak a thousand years before the time of Ramses. Of course, for dazzling painted art, the New Kingdom is unsurpassed.

For the location of the humbling mastaba of Ptah-Hotep (the above mystery photo is not of the mastaba), see my review on Saqqara Pyramids.
Written 20 June 2014
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zsy
Budapest351 contributions
Closed...
Mar. 2012 • Friends
In March 2012 these 2 tombs were closed for the visitors, just like the tomb of Mere- ruka... Pity... According to the books that one can buy in Saqqara, they are beautiful!
Written 20 March 2012
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