The Cosmos of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hasan

The Cosmos of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hasan

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Scholars often assume that elite, or high-status tomb chapels of the Egyptian Old and Middle Kingdoms featured decorations in order to provide for the eternal needs of the deceased. However, this explanation often fails to account for the content of many such decorations. "The Cosmos of Khnumhotep II" offers a detailed study of the tomb chapel of Khnumhotep II. Kamrin painstakingly charts the various levels of meaning buried in the scenes, ornaments, and texts that adorn Khnumhotep II's chapel, and provides a detailed analysis of the organizational structure of the tomb. She argues that the tomb chapel should be interpreted as a model of the cosmos, integrating the realms of the living and the dead. An abundance of new evidence suggests that various cult structures may be regarded as cosmograms, schematized representations of the Egyptian cosmos that reflect the powers and operations of the universe.

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  • Hardback | 116 pages
  • 188 x 243.8 x 22.9mm | 725.76g
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0710305745
  • 9780710305749

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