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North abacus

abacus N

I use the term abacus to describe the areas at the tops of pillars which separate them from the ceiling. In TT99 there is one which runs West-East across the top of each pillar. As the central area of the ceiling has a profile like the hieroglyph for a shrine shrine glyph, both abaci are deeper at the East than at the West end. Rather than leave them blank, the designer/decorator of the tomb filled each with a large snake, before each of which was a cartouche of Thutmose III. Click on the photo above for a larger image.

abacus N detail

Click on the above photo for another photo of the head of the snake and the cartouche in front of it.

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