The parade of the Domains
This covers the whole width of the wall, without interruption, up to the entrance doorway.
It is located directly above the usual broad red band.
It includes thirty-six women who head from the entry towards the false doors of the west wall.
They are clothed identically with completely transparent long dresses,
with a naked breast; they wear bracelets on their wrists and ankles,
and a necklace and choker around the neck. They transport products from the domain of Ty,
again it is uncertain whether these are fictional or partially fictional domains,
this question has not yet been resolved.
At the front of the women (left near the false door),
four texts explain: "bringing invocatory offerings from the places in the domain which are in Lower and Upper Egypt, for the unique friend, Ty"
The texts in front of each woman identified the contribution which she brings
or where it is from; each containing the name "Ty"
at the top,
and the hieroglyphic determinative for "town"
at the bottom.
The central wall
This area, which occupies the space from the top of the parade of the
domains to the frieze at the top of the wall, contains only one
scene which provides the focal point of the wall.
Ty seems minuscule standing on the raised
deck of his frail papyrus reed boat in the midst of the gigantic papyrus.
Ty is standing, with the same costume and attitude which he has when
he is on the ground, even holding his great staff of office in front of him. At the rear,
a mariner controls the craft with the help of a long pole, whilst in the front,
almost made invisible by the confusion caused by a smaller craft and its occupants,
is a man who turns respectfully towards his master,
probably warning him of what is happening in front of his craft.
Ty is not alone on the water. On the left, a fisherman with a hand-held line,
whom the artist didn't seem to know where to represent him from a lack of space,
is seated in a comfortable reed chair.
Once again, a great variety of fish are represented in the middle of
the blue zigzag lines which represent the waters of the Nile.
They share this habitat with a group of hippopotamus represented on the right.
Their accompanying presence owes nothing to chance, because these species,
which live hidden in the waters of the river, symbolize the enemy, hostile forces,
although some are considered as beneficial.
The scene of hunting the hippopotamus became traditional in the Old Kingdom,
and would continue for a long time into the New Kingdom.
Its significance may have been dual from the outset, but in any case, it certainly became so.
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