Presence and absence of the tomb owner in wall scenes and funerary models

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Abstract

The tomb owner’s figure dominates scenes displayed on elite tomb-chapel walls, forming an essential part of the medium’s repertoire. Yet among funerary models, the tomb owner rarely appears. While the two artistic media exhibit many similarities in design, their representation of the tomb owner forms one of several distinguishing features that are rarely acknowledged. This paper examines the presence and absence of the tomb owner in wall scenes and funerary models from the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. It is here proposed that this difference in representation can be explained by the two artistic media’s contrasting technical properties and location in the tomb.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-195
Number of pages11
JournalZeitschrift fur Agyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde
Volume150
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Ancient Egyptian Art
  • funerary models
  • wall scenes
  • tomb owner
  • Burial Chambers
  • tombs
  • funerary beliefs
  • Elite
  • iconography
  • Middle Kingdom
  • Old Kingdom
  • private tomb
  • tomb decoration

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