Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Joshua A. Roberson
Lorelei H. Corcoran
Peter J. Brand
To the ancient Egyptians, time in the afterlife differed from time on earth. In the Netherworld, time could be manipulated in ways unperceivable in the human realm: it was born and devoured, measured for the blessed dead, and inverted to rejuvenate the sun god and the blessed dead who accompanied him. Images of these occurrences were manifested pictorially in the Netherworld Books, compositions that traced the sun god's nocturnal journey through the Netherworld, from sunset in the evening to sunrise in the morning. This thesis deconstructs and analyzes the iconography of these scenes according to the artistic principles of ancient Egyptian art, in order to establish their synchronic function(s) within a given composition, and to identify any patterns in such representations over the course of the New Kingdom.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Ward, Amber Lue, "Time After Time: an Iconographical Analysis of Images of Time and Eternity in the New Kingdom Netherworld Books" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1595.