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1. Zoser's step pyramid

2. Entrance and Hall

3. Mortuary temple

4. Meet Zoser

5. Heb-Sed Court

6. House of South

7. Pyramid of Unas

8. Causeway; boat pits

9. Valley Temple

10. Tomb of Horemheb

11. Saite & Persian tombs

12. Sekhemkhet pyramid

13. Teti pyramid

14. Entering the tomb

15. Mastabas

16. Mereruka

17. Ti

18. Kagemni

19. Akhti-Hotep and Ptah-Hotep

20. Pyramid of Userkaf

21. 1. & 3.Dynasty Tombs

22. Philsopher's Circle

23. Serapeum

South Saqqara

25. Pepi 2 pyramid

26. Faraoun mastaba

27. Pepi 1 pyramid

28. Djedkare pyramid

29. Merenre pyramid

30. Ibi pyramid


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Mastaba of Akhti-Hotep and Ptah-Hotep

Mastaba of Akhti-Hotep and Ptah-Hotep, Saqqara, Egypt

This twin-mastaba belonged to Ptah-Hotep and his son Akhti-Hotep. Ptah-Hotep was a priest of Maat in the times of Pharaoh Djedkare, whose pyramid lies at South Saqqara. His son's career would not be inferior as he rose to become vizier, judge and overseer of the granaries and the treasury.
The mastaba is quite small compared to Menkaure's and Kagemni's, but holds a selection of fine painted wall-reliefs.
The most interesting aspect of this mastaba are the unfinished wall decorations. They are found in different levels of completion, providing us with much information about how they came to be. You can see drawings on the wall, how they were corrected by the master artist, then cut ut and painted.
Look out for the decorations showing boys wrestle and playing board games, as well as the mural above the entrance with Ptah-Hotep being manicured and pedicured.

Mastaba of Akhti-Hotep and Ptah-Hotep, Saqqara, Egypt

Mastaba of Akhti-Hotep and Ptah-Hotep, Saqqara, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen