The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt: Art, Identity, and Funerary Religion

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APPENDIX
List of Objects

COFFINS FROM KHARGA OASIS

Coffins 2 to 4 are constructed of linen cartonnage, with modelled faces and projecting footcases. The painted decoration represents the face and feet of the deceased, whose body is otherwise mummiform, and the surface of the coffins is augmented with gilding, plaster decoration, or, on 4, a wooden plaque. Coffin 1 and the coffin fragment 5 are decorated by the same artist(s) as coffins 2–4 but are made of wood and take the form of a vaulted lid that rested on a shallow base. The boards of 5 made up part of the vaulted lid. On the fully preserved example, coffin 1, the deceased is painted in mummiform guise in the centre of the lid. There is no archaeological context for these coffins, but their provenance is suggested by references to the Kharga Oasis town of el-Hibis in the inscriptions of coffins 4 and 5.

Column of hieroglyphic inscription on the lid, over the legs of a mummiform image of the deceased:

[H]y Ḥwt-ḥr T3-šrt-3stms n Ḥwt-ḥr T3-šrt-Imn-ip3t

Hail, Hathor Ta-sheryt-Isis, born of the Hathor Ta-sheryt-Amun-ipy

Author’s translation.

W. Van Haarlem, Corpus Antiquitatum Aegyptiacarum: Allard Pierson Museum,

Amsterdam, iv: Sarcophagi and Related Objects (Hildesheim 1998), 95–8.

Two hieroglyphic inscriptions on either side of the lid, above the register-ordered scenes, as well as four columns of texts flanking each of the two images of pantheistic Bes at the head end. Presented below is the column of hieroglyphs from the Osiris figure on the front case:

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Colour Plates xix
  • Abbreviations xx
  • Note on Names and Transliteration xxii
  • One Introduction - Art, Identity, and Funerary Religion 1
  • Two - Osiris, Hathor, and the Gendered Dead 41
  • Three - Portraying the Dead 95
  • Four - Art and Archaism in Western Thebes 175
  • Five Conclusions - The 'Beautiful Burial' in Roman Egypt 245
  • Appendix - List of Objects 257
  • Bibliography 302
  • Register of Museums 323
  • General Index 331
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