COMING SOON: “Yellow” coffins from Thebes

Recording and decoding complexity in Egyptian funerary arts (21st – 22nd Dynasties)

Rogério Sousa
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241 pages
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This volume proposes a theoretical and methodological framework for the study of “yellow” coffins, which is one of the most extensive corpora of funerary objects from Ancient Egypt, and the most complex in terms of decoration. It presents a synthetic view on Egyptian coffin decoration during the II millennium B.C. together with in-depth examination of a sample of nine previously unpublished burial assemblages, involving 18 different objects. Dating from the 21st Dynasty, these objects were chosen in order to showcase the stages of development in coffin decoration detected in the “yellow” corpus, as well as variations in style and layout. A new formal typology of this corpus is proposed providing dating criteria for these objects, allowing a better understanding of the dynamics of coffin decoration in Theban workshops. This makes situations of reuse or recycling clearer, as well as posing questions about the sociological significance of funerary objects.

Rogério Sousa is Professor of Egyptology and Ancient History at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon. He has been studying coffin decoration during the 21st Dynasty from an art historical perspective, focusing into the principles of composition, symbolism and social significance of coffins in Thebes. Currently he coordinates the Gate of the Priests Project which studies the objects found in the Tomb of the Priests of Amun (Bab el-Gasus) in Thebes. 

List of contributors: Vladimir Bolshakov, Corinne Eloi Deibel, Michael Deibel, Mahmoud M. Ibrahim, Luca Miatello, Hala Mostafa, Bonnie Sampsell, Karen Shank-Chapman, Rogério Sousa.

‘A brilliant combination of academic rigor and creative thinking characterizes Rogério Sousa’s analyses of the “yellow coffins” of the Third Intermediate Period and illuminates the decipherment of the complementary texts and iconography of these complex funerary documents.’ Professor Lorelei H. Corcoran, University of Memphis

‘This volume is a real contribution to the broader topic of coffin studies, and an important one for those who focus on the corpus in question.’ Professor Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol