Date of Award
Master of Arts
Ancient Egyptian Art & Culture
This thesis will investigate scenes of sunset found in the ancient Egyptian cosmological books, which appeared as a new form of mortuary literature in the New Kingdom. Although the texts of these compositions have been thoroughly treated in scholarship, an icongraphical survey of the diachronic and synchronic changes to the solar barque featured in the composition has not. First, I will provide an overview of the cosmological books, and discuss the necessary background information including the lifecycle of the solar deity and the setting of the cosmological books. Next, I will provide a thorough discussion of the nine scenes of sunset that appear in the cosmological books. This will include an identification of the key figures and features on the solar barque, as well as a translation of any accompanying annotations that mention the solar barque. Finally, I will offer an iconographical analysis of the notable synchronic and diachronic variartions.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Minnick, JoLynne, "The Dying Sun: An Iconographical Analysis of the Solar Barque at Sunset in the Cosmological Books of the New Kingdom" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2163.