- a chamber inside a mastaba containing a statue of the deceased.
Origin of serdab
1835–45; < Arabic sirdāb underground chamber < Persian sardāb cellar for ice, equivalent to sard cold + āb water
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Examples from the Web for serdab
The interior of a mastaba is composed of three parts—the chamber, the serdab, and the well.
So that the function of the serdab was to afford a safe and final asylum to the statues.
Serdab, ser′dab, n. a secret chamber within the masonry of an ancient Egyptian tomb in which images of the deceased were stored.
Once the statue was made a stone-house (the serdab) was provided for it above ground.
As the dolmen is a crude copy of the serdab it can be claimed as one of the ultimate results of the practice of mummification.
- a secret chamber in an ancient Egyptian tomb
C19 (earlier, in the sense: cellar): from Arabic: cellar, from Persian sardāb ice cellar, from sard cold + āb water