The Tekenu and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Ritual [Paperback]

Glennise West(Author)

ISBN: 9781789691825 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English H11.5 x W8, 362 figures (color and black & white), 1 table
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The Tekenu and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Ritual


What is the Tekenu? What was its function? What are its origins? These are questions upon which Egyptologists have long pondered but have not, until now, produced any major work to provide answers. Previous treatments of the Tekenu largely adopt a selective approach focusing on a specific form. Rarely has the Tekenu been examined profoundly in all its forms or contexts and its possible origins have been commented upon merely in passing. The aim of this book is to provide a provocative examination and interpretation of the Tekenu in an endeavour to proffer plausible answers hitherto eluding scholars. Attested from the Fifth Dynasty until, and including, the Saite Period, the Tekenu is a puzzling icon which is depicted within the funerary scenes in the tombs of some ancient Egyptian nobles. In this work four distinct types of Tekenu are identified and classified and then a Corpus Catalogue is formed. This book will be of interest to the serious student as well as to anyone fascinated by the hidden messages to be revealed in the funerary iconography of ancient Egyptian tombs.

Table of Contents




List of Figures and Table

Chronology Code used in this work

Part 1 – Formulation of the Corpus Catalogue

Chapter 1 – 1.1 introduction

1.2 literature review

Chapter 2 – Aims and method

Chapter 3 – Typology: criteria and creation

Chapter 4 – Corpus catalogue

Part 2 – Analysing the primary sources

Chapter 5 – Textual references, pictorial representations and context

Chapter 6 – Special, complex scenes: TT 20 and TT 100.

Part 3 – The search for the origins of the Tekenu

Chapter 7 – Cattle culture, early dynastic figures and standards

Chapter 8 – The Tekenu and the opening of the mouth ceremony

Chapter 9 – Summary and conclusions

Appendix A: Tombs containing Tekenu images

Appendix B: Tekenu traits

Appendix C: Chronology of scholars’ views of the function of the Tekenu

Appendix D: Pictorial context: diagrammatical interpretation


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