mastaba

Definitions

  • the Mastaba of Khomtini in The Necropolis Of GÎzeh
    the Mastaba of Khomtini in The Necropolis Of GÎzeh
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mastaba an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof "the Egyptian pyramids developed from the mastaba"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest man-made building of any kind still existing is the central edifice of the 4,600-year-old mastaba (a tomb for kings) built at Sakkara, Egypt. It was created to honor King Zoser, the first ruler of the Third Dynasty.
    • Mastaba (Egyptology) A type of tomb, of the time of the Memphite dynasties, comprising an oblong structure with sloping sides (sometimes containing a decorated chamber, sometimes of solid masonry), and connected with a mummy chamber in the rock beneath.
    • Mastaba In Mohammedan countries, a fixed seat, common in dwellings and in public places.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mastaba The earliest form of Egyptian tomb, a building oblong or square in plan and having sloping sides and a flat roof. It covers the sepulchral pit.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. maçtabah, a large stone bench

Usage

In literature:

Great mastabas of brick.
"How to Observe in Archaeology" by Various
In nine cases out of ten, the stone mastabas are but outwardly regular in construction.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
The tomb of Tjeser is a great brick-built mastaba, forty feet high and measuring 300 feet by 150 feet.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery" by L.W. King and H.R. Hall
It reminds one of a mastaba with a sort of huge attic on the top.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 2 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
We must not expect to find on the plains of the Euphrates the rock-cut tombs, the mastabas or pyramids, of Egypt.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 3 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
At this stage we are left within reach of the early passage-mastabas and pyramids.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
About thirteen "stairway" tombs and thirty-seven mastabas were examined.
"El Kab" by J.E. Quibell
Children, too, go to the mastaba, settle cozily down and read the Koran aloud, interspersing their study with gay conversation.
"The Near East" by Robert Hichens
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In news:

Will Christo's oil-barrel pyramid ' Mastaba ' finally rise.
0 A 1979 design for "The Mastaba ," by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
This chapel, on display at the Louvre since 1903, belongs to the recently rediscovered Mastaba of Akhethetep at Saqqara , Egypt.
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude conceived their "Mastaba" -- a postmodern pyramid made of oil barrels -- as their largest and only permanent work.
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