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H 290 x W 205 mm

312 pages

362 figures (colour and black & white), 1 table

Published Jun 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691825

Digital: 9781789691832

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ancient Egypt; religion; nobles; tombs; wall scenes; funerary ritual; Tekenu

Archaeopress Egyptology 23

The Tekenu and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Ritual

By Glennise West

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Attested from the Fifth Dynasty until, and including, the Saite Period, the Tekenu is a puzzling icon depicted within 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.



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Chronology code used throughout the work ; 

Part 1 Formulation of the corpus catalogue:
Chapter 1 Introduction and literature review; 

Chapter 2 Aims and method; 

Chapter 3 Typology: criteria and creation; 

Chapter 4 Corpus catalogue; 

Part 2 Evaluating the primary sources:
Chapter 5 Textual references, pictorial representations and context; 

Chapter 6 Special complex scenes: the Tekenu in 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; 


About the Author

Glennise West graduated from the University of Sydney and taught English and History at secondary school level. Later she followed her lifelong interest in ancient Egypt obtaining MA and PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney. The topic of this book was the subject of her PhD dissertation. She lives in Sydney.


'The great worth of this volume is that it gathers all the sources for the tekenu in one place and presents them with copious illustrations, many of them in colour. The catalogue is certainly the longest and most-detailed part of the book and will be of considerable use to anyone who is interested in Egyptian funerals and their representation on tomb walls.'