In the mastaba the double had everything within reach of his hand.
At El Kab they have been already mentioned as occurring in mastaba wells.
In the mastaba the well is simply a vertical corridor of approach to the mummy chamber.
It may seem that in considering the mastaba before the pyramid we have reversed the natural order.
We have thus explored, with Mariette, the outside of the mastaba.
A different arrangement had therefore to be devised from that adopted in the case of the mastaba.
Shall we give place to them on our own mastaba, in our own court-yard—hand to them the keys of our harems?
From these he concludes that the principles of the mastaba and the pyramid were sometimes combined under the ancient empire.
In Figs. 116-119 we give the plan and three sections of a mastaba at Gizeh which has four serdabs.
The mastaba deserved therefore to be very carefully studied.