|Mastaba of Ti
In 1865, Mariette discovered the mastaba of Ti. It has since been restored by the Egyptian
Department of Antiquities. Ti was a hairdresser to the royalty during the early V Dynasty, as
well as controller of the farms and stock that belonged to the royal family. His wife was related
to the royal family so his children were referred to as royal descent. He was not given this title.
In this tomb, his wife and eldest son were also placed although their remains were stolen along
with the goods that were inside.
The mastaba was originally placed on top of the sand. It has sunk entirely into the sand it was
placed on top of. The open court has a shaft that leads to the burial chamber. A narrow
passageway leads into the burial chamber. The reliefs inside are close in quality and quantity to
those in Ptah-Hotep's tomb, although there is much more of a variety of reliefs in Ti's tomb. All
of these passageways are decorated with impressive reliefs. The main hall has a small room
that sits along one wall with three eye level holes so that the dead could witness the offerings
that were part of the tomb rituals. Inside this room was a statue of Ti. The original is in the
Egyptian Museum and a replica has been put in the room in its place.