Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
An Old Kingdom elite tomb is more than just a location for the interment of an ancient individual; in fact, it is a complex, integrated unit composed of various elemets that work together to fulfill the function and purpose of the tomb. One of these elements is the tomb's decoration, which includes a variety of scenes. Just eight scenes from the Fourth to Sixth Dynasties represent primates in a manner that is not common for the Old Kingdom and therefore considered "peculiar." In order to comprehend the purpose of these "peculiar" scenes, one must contextualize the scenes by examining Old Kingdom elite tombs, the significance of primates in ancient Egypt, as well as the Old Kingdom tomb owner, whose identity, ideology, and individuality may have been preserved within the tomb's imagery.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Chan, Remi Feliza, "Peculiar Primates: An Analysis of Old Kingdom Tomb Decoration Using Unusual Scenes with Primates" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1133.