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The Napatan Cylindrical Sheaths

A catalogue and analysis of precious objects from the royal cemetery of Nuri

Amarillis Pompei
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116 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 28 figures, 19 plates (12 in colour).
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The Napatan Cylindrical Sheaths provides a complete analysis of the precious finds discovered at the royal cemetery of Nuri (Sudan) for the first time. This volume critically analyses translations of the inscriptions and identifies the divinities occurring on the cylinder sheaths, which were important in Kushite history between the VII and IV centuries BC. The work is composed of four parts studying: the royal cemetery of Nuri, where the cylindrical sheaths were found; the complete catalogue of the cylinders with their iconographical and epigraphic descriptions; observations on the inscriptions, the features of the bottoms and the main decorations, the crowns worn by the main figured goddesses, the relation of these goddesses and crowns, the attributes held by goddesses, and the small motifs occurring on the cylinders; and the hypothetical identification of the cylinders, their practical function and their ideological significance. This work emphasises the importance of Nubian archaeology as a subject, providing a useful contribution to stimulating and developing further discussion on the function of the cylindrical sheaths.

Amarillis Pompei is a scholar of Nubian archaeology. She is a postgraduate student at Sapienza Università di Roma, specialising in the Kushite period, particularly Napatan and Meroitic kingship. She has participated in numerous international conferences and written many publications.

‘This is a much needed study of a group of funerary objects from the royal Napatan tombs.’ Dr Brigitte Balanda, Independent Researcher

‘The Author does an excellent job of tracing out the mythical connections of the goddesses with both the Egyptian myth of the Eye of Ra, and their Nubian-context specific meaning within the pantheon present at Gebel Barkal.’ Dr Elizabeth Minor, Wellesley College

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