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Elena Pischikova

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167249

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167249.001.0001

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Palaeography of the Texts of the Burial Chamber of the Tomb of Karakhamun

Palaeography of the Texts of the Burial Chamber of the Tomb of Karakhamun

(p.161) 8 Palaeography of the Texts of the Burial Chamber of the Tomb of Karakhamun
Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis

Miguel Ángel Molinero Polo

, Andrea Rodríguez Valls
American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses the palaeography of the religious texts of the burial chamber of the tomb of Karakhamun. About 1,100 hieroglyphs on the walls and 300 hieroglyphs on the astronomical ceiling of Karakhamun's tomb have been identified. The ensemble of texts in the chamber is small and it has a quite restricted scope: the name of the deceased and only one of his titles, the identification of the asterisms and their related deities on the astronomical ceiling, and two parts of a spell of the Book of the Dead, BD 125B and BD 125C, beside the legends of the justification scene represented on the east wall. The chapter describes the current state of the reconstruction of the texts on the walls of Karakhamun's tomb and offers a palaeographic commentary of the preserved hieroglyphic signs of the chamber.

Keywords:   palaeography, religious texts, burial chamber, tomb of Karakhamun, hieroglyphs, Book of the Dead, reconstruction, hieroglyphic signs

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