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H 245 x W 175 mm

160 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Nov 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784914509

Digital: 9781784914516

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Papyri; Ancient Egypt; Mythology; Book of the Dead; Vignettes; Children of Weakness; mś.w Bdšt; išd-tree

Archaeopress Egyptology 16

Studies on the Vignettes from Chapter 17 of the Book of the Dead

I: The Image of mś.w Bdšt in Ancient Egyptian Mythology

By Mykola Tarasenko

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This book is a comprehensive study of the myth of the Egyptian deities mś.w Bdšt - ‘Children of Weakness’ - and the scene depicting the cat, cutting off the head of the serpent under the branches of the išd-tree found on a number of Book of the Dead chapter 17 vignettes.




Chapter 1: The scene with the cat, serpent and sacred tree, 19th–21st Dynasties

Chapter 2: Correlation between text and visual image

Chapter 3: Mś.w Bdšt – the sources and the plot

Chapter 4: Mś.w Bdšt in the context of BD 175A, BD 123, CT Sp. 409, pBrooklyn 47.218.84 and the Book of Heavenly Cow – the Cosmogonic myth dénouement

Chapter 5: Mś.w Bdšt in the Book of Gates

Chapter 6: Mś.w Bdšt – the name and the image

Chapter 7: Essence of mś.w Bdšt in the Egyptian world view


Appendix 1: Catalogue of sources

Appendix 2: Selected texts



About the Author

Dr Mykola Tarasenko is a Senior Fellow at the А. Yu. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyev. His research area is focused on the studies of illustrative tradition of the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, and specifically the vignettes of spell 17. In 2007 he was awarded the fellowship grant of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for the study course at the ‘Bonn Book of the Dead Project’ (Bonn Totenbuchprojekt). In 2014 he won the fellowship grant of the Stiftungsfonds für Postgraduates der Ägyptologie (Vienna, Austria). The current book is the result of his work within these Fellowships Projects.