The tombs of the nobility continued to be placed in their own centers of influence rather than at the royal capital. Although many of these tombs were decorated in relief carving like the Asw?n tombs in the south, the tombs at Beni Hassan and Al Bersha in Middle Egypt were often decorated only with painting. Those that remain show the work of provincial artisans who attempted to adhere to the standards of royal workshops. Some new types and depictions appear, but the old standards served as a guide to the subjects and arrangements. Painting can also be illustrated by the decoration of the rectangular wooden coffins typical of this period.
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