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ISBN paper. Dating to the 30th Dynasty, the tomb of Petosiris at Tuna el-Gebel, near Minya in Middle Egypt, is among the most important Egyptian monuments surviving from that period. Such innovations can be seen, for instance, in the design of its facade as well as in the incorporation of Greek artistic traditions in the decoration of its walls. Petosiris witnessed the second Persian invasion of B. His funerary chapel at Tuna el-Gebel, which also includes the burials of his family members, is one of the best-preserved tomb chapels of the period.

In this lavishly illustrated volume, the authors present a comprehensive photographic record of the tomb of Petosiris. The importance of this tomb for Egyptian art history has long been recognized. It is the earliest tomb in Egypt that exhibits Greek cultural influence and in which Greek artistic tradition is so clearly manifest. Such influence can be seen, for example, in the scenes depicting the funerary procession 88 [Scene 68] , where the cult ceremonies shown are more Greek than Egyptian.

In their concise five-page introduction, the only narrative section of the book, the authors demonstrate the architectural significance of the tomb. Along with the Temple of Thoth at Tuna el-Gebel, this funerary chapel is where the pronaos appears for the first time in Egyptian monumental architecture. The pronaos, a pillared hall set before the main body of a temple, initially had either a completely open or half-open front. The pronaos became a popular architectural form, and its use in monumental architecture peaked in the 30th Dynasty.

It later became a standard feature of Ptolemaic temple architecture. This tomb thus occupies a special place in the development of the architectural form. One hundred eighty pages of mostly color plates some black-and-white photographs are included constitute the rest of the book. The plates are arranged by room, starting with the facade and proceeding into the tomb as a visitor would have encountered the scenes upon entering.

The volume does not include translations of the texts accompanying the scenes, nor does it include transcriptions of the hieroglyphic inscriptions. The three-page, triple-columned concordance allows for easy cross-reference. Doing so enables them to highlight the importance of the tomb in the development of ancient Egyptian art.

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Le tombeau de Pétosiris à Touna el-Gebel: Relevé photographique

Petosiris , called Ankhefenkhons , was the high priest of Thoth at Hermopolis and held various priestly degrees in the service of Sakhmet , Khnum , Amen-Re and Hathor. Petosiris was the son of Sishu and Nefer- renpet. He lived in the second half of the 4th century BCE, during the 28th Dynasty. In his tomb, located in the necropolis at Tuna el-Gebel , Petosiris prided himself on having re-established the fortunes of the temples in which he served. There is a pseudepigraphic onomantic text, Petosiris to Nechepso , and it is possible that the priestly Petosiris described in this article is the inspiration for the attribution of authorship. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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