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Author: Anastasiia Stupko-Lubczyńska   |   Pages: 653–677



The article concerns parallelism of some iconographic motifs found in the Chapel of Hatshepsut (E. Naville’s ‘the Southern Hall of Offerings’) at the temple of Deir el-Bahari and in the tomb of Puyemre (TT 39), the second priest of Amun under Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. These are the non-standard offering list, the motifs of incense, linen, and animals incorporated into the offering procession, and the figures of gods/priests placed at the end of the procession. Though none of them in TT 39 presents the exact copy of the scenes in the Chapel, their correspondence – regarding the walls orientation as well as the place (inner/outer) within the Chapel and the tomb – is significant. Moreover, those motifs in the Chapel of Hatshepsut, which may be seen as an inspiration for the TT 39 decoration, are outstanding when compared to the typical Old and Middle Kingdom offering scenes. In the light of some evidences, such as ‘name stones’ and inscriptions on the masonry of the Lower Temple at Deir el-Bahari, it seems reasonable to assume that Puyemre could be responsible for the design of the Hatshepsut Chapel decoration. The character of the scenes in TT 39 described in the paper in relation to their prototype in the Chapel indicate a creative approach, which was possible only provided that Puyemre had had an access to certain sources that were next applied by him for the decoration of his own tomb.



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