Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Art History

Committee Chair

Lorelei Corcoran

Committee Member

Joshua A. Roberson

Committee Member

Suzanne Onstine


Focusing on the scene of Anubis embalming the mummy in the main tomb at Kom el-Shoqafa in Alexandria, Egypt, this thesis demonstrates how it is both a continuation of the funerary motif that first appears in Dynasty 18 of the New Kingdom (ca. 1425 BC) and an innovative version unique to the early Roman period (first to second centuries AD). Background information regarding Alexandria, the site of Kom el-Shoqafa, and a description of the tomb are provided. This is followed by a history of the scene, its origins in Spell 151 of the Book of the Dead, and a comparison of the scene to those in other tombs and contexts (papyri, coffins, etc.) which show adherence to tradition while simultaneously allowing for modification. The thesis argues that the Alexandrian scene preserves earlier iconography and departs from it in its conflation of the embalming scene with a funerary scene of purification.


Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


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