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Abusir XI, The Architecture of the Mastaba of Ptahshepses

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ISBN: 978-80-200-1728-4
Description: hardcover, 191 pp. (30x21cm), pls with b&w and col. ills., maps, plans
Condition: very good
Weight: 1000g.



Jaromír Krejčí, Abusir XI, The Architecture of the Mastaba of Ptahshepses, Czech Institute of Egyptology - Academia, Prague 2008

The text consists of six chapters dealing with the history of exploration, with the tomb owner – Vizier Ptahshepses – his social status and his role within the royal court as well as with other members of his family, with the location of the mastaba in the frames of the Abusir Royal Necropolis. The largest part of the monograph is represented by the fourth chapter, which is dedicated to the description of the individual building stages of the mastaba. Besides the description of the remaining masonry and the architectural elements, possible reconstructions of the original appearance of the mastaba's respective parts are presented as well. The fifth chapter (Remarks on the architecture and function of the mastaba) emphasises some features of the mastaba's architecture which are discussed in the broader context of the development of ancient Egyptian architecture during the Third Millennium B.C. This chapter also includes a discussion on the spatial and functional analysis of the mastaba. The sixth, concluding chapter, sums up the previously mentioned topics and the place of the tomb and its owner in the framework of the development of the Old Kingdom. It is also devoted to an analysis of the dating of the mastaba's construction.
The results of the long-lasting archaeological exploration of the mastaba of Ptahshepses, one of the largest nonroyal Old Kingdom tombs, are published in this volume. The book deals primarily with the survey of the complex architecture of this funerary monument, paying attention to all important features of this in many respects unique building. The aspects of its architectural development are described and analysed in the context of the development of both royal and nonroyal mortuary architecture of the second half of the Egyptian Old Kingdom. The functions and related religious aspects of the architectural elements of this tomb are discussed. The vast tomb of Vizier Ptahshepses represents the first attestation of the long tradition of constructions of the nonroyal "mortuary temples" which lasted down to the Late period.