Tomb Treasures of the Late Kingdom: The Archaeology of Female Burials

Tomb Treasures of the Late Kingdom: The Archaeology of Female Burials


By (author) Wolfram Grajetzki

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  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 28mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Pennsylvania
  • ISBN 10: 0812245679
  • ISBN 13: 9780812245677

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During the late Middle Kingdom (about 1850-1700 B.C.E.), ancient Egyptian women of high standing were interred with lavish ornamentation and carefully gathered possessions. Buried near the pyramids of kings, women with royal connections or great wealth and status were surrounded by fine pottery and vessels for sacred oils, bedecked with gold and precious stones, and honored with royal insignia and marks of Osiris. Their funerary possessions include jewelry imported from other ancient lands and gold-handled daggers and claspless jewelry made only to be worn in the tomb. Extensively illustrated with archival images and the author's own drawings, Tomb Treasures of the Late Middle Kingdom describes and compares the opulent tombs of eminent and royal women. In addition to the ornaments, many of which are considered masterpieces of Middle Kingdom craft, Egyptologist Wolfram Grajetzki examines the numerous grave goods, artifacts of daily life, and markers of social status that were also placed in tombs, presenting a more complete picture of funerary customs in this period. By considering celebrated examples of female burials together for the first time, Tomb Treasures of the Late Middle Kingdom sheds new light on the role and status of women in the royal court and explores how the gendered identity of those women was preserved in the grave.

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Author information

Wolfram Grajetzki is Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London and author of several books, most recently Court Officials of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom.

Review quote

"A wonderful work... Wolfram Grajetzki provides a fascinating glimpse of female burials and funerary culture of the late Middle Kingdom."-Danijela Stefanovi, University of Belgrade

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1. Court Type Burials Chapter 2. Other Burials of Women Chapter 3. Types of Jewelry in Late Middle Kingdom Burials Chapter 4. The Development of Egyptian Burial Customs Chapter 5. The King and the Women Buried Around Him Appendix. The Royal Women of the Twelfth Dynasty Chronology Notes Egyptian Tombs and Excavation Reports Bibliography Index Acknowledgments