Az óravigília Peftjauneith koporsóján = The hour vigil on Peftjauneith’s coffin

Priskin, Gyula: Az óravigília Peftjauneith koporsóján = The hour vigil on Peftjauneith’s coffin. Belvedere Meridionale, (31) 1. pp. 6-24. (2019)

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Abstract

According to the Graeco-Roman zodiacs, the appearance of the full moon on the day of the autumnal equinox signified the moment in the astral myth of Osiris when the god was resurrected. The paper argues that the concise version of the hour vigil on the interior surface of the lid of Peftjauneith’s coffin refers to the same mythical episode. Similarly to a few other coffins of the 26th dynasty, Peftjauneith’s composition includes a short exhortative text, a visual list of the hour goddesses, together with their names (twelve for the day, and twelve for the night), and the figure of Nut who is unusually depicted as swallowing the sun and giving birth to the moon. The even distribution of the hours points to the equinox, while the juxtaposition of the sun and the moon captures the rising of the full lunar disc. The whole scene thus refers to a detail of the hour vigil not documented elsewhere, namely, that it was ideally performed when the full moon coincided with the day of the equinox. With its setup, the hour vigil of Osiris on Peftjauneith’s coffin is a forerunner of the later Graeco-Roman zodiacs.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Belvedere Meridionale
Date: 2019
Volume: 31
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 6-24
ISSN: 2064-5929
Heading title: Tanulmányok = Studies
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14232/belv.2019.1.1
Uncontrolled Keywords: Egyiptológia - régészet - leletek, Feliratok - egyiptomi
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 22-24. és a lábjegyzetekben ; ill. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 31. 08:53
Last Modified: 2019. Jun. 04. 12:18
URI: http://acta.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/58454

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