Coffins and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
Imprint: Oxbow Books
208 Pages, 6.7 x 9.44 in, b/w
- November 2019
- In Stock
This book examines eight non-royal tombs found relatively intact, from the plains of Saqqara to the sacred hills of Thebes. These almost undisturbed burial sites managed to escape ancient looters and so their discoveries, from Mariette’s exploration of the Mastaba of Ti in Saqqara to Schiaparelli’s discovery of the Tomb of Kha and Merit in Deir el-Medina, were sensational events in Egyptian archaeology.
Each one of these sites unveils before our eyes a time capsule, where coffins and tombs were designed together as part of a social, political and religious order. From Predynastic times to the decline of the New Kingdom, this book explores each site revealing the interconnection between mummification practices, coffin decoration, burial equipment, tomb decoration and ritual landscapes. Through this analysis, the author aims to point out how the design of coffins changed through time in order to empower the deceased with different visions of immortality. By doing so, the study of coffins reveals a silent revolution which managed to open to ordinary men and women horizons of divinity previously reserved for the royal sphere. Coffins thus show us how identity was forged to create an immortal and divine self.
"This well-illustrated publication is a stimulating read and contains a wealth of information relating to funerary practices and their development through the Pharaonic age […] a very useful addition to any Egyptology bookshelf." ~Ancient Egypt Magazine
"The author has a gift for vivd writing and he writes passionately about a subject close to his heart… I would not hesitate to call it a good book and I wish it a wide readership." ~Chronique D'Egypte