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Parts of the chapel

The front hall

Sometimes known as a "transverse hall". There is a model used for the Egyptian tomb of this date which suggests that the front room was a room associated with this world, and the more one then moves inside, the closer one becomes to the world of the dead. I am not totally convinced by this, but certainly it is in the front part of an 18th dynasty tomb in which the paintings tend to show the so-called scenes of daily life. These are unfortunately not very well preserved in the tomb of Senneferi. Stelae and false doors are often found here, and these are part of the offering places of the tomb.

Front hall, south part
Front hall, north part

The Passage

This rather unimaginative term describes the long hall which, in the case of TT99, joins the front and rear halls. In the tomb model which sees the front room as a mirror of life on earth and the rear room as a mirror of the next world, the passage serves as a transition between them; the fact that the burial procession often appears here is used as an argument in favour of this concept.

This photo © Anthony Middleton


The rear room

This room is sometimes called the "shrine". Certainly this is appropriate in the tomb of Senneferi, since the central part of the ceiling is shaped just like one of the hieroglyphs for shrineshrine glyph. Here would be one of the main offering places, but not the only ones, as some were in the front room. Scenes in this room are frequently concerned with offerings. Two Quicktime VR movies of the rear room are available.

This photo © Anthony Middleton


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