The Tomb of the Priests of Amun

Burial Assemblages in the Egyptian Museum of Florence Gate of the Priests Series Volume 1


The Tomb of the Priests of Amun, also known as Bab el-Gasus, was uncovered in 1891 at Deir el-Bahari (Thebes). The site proved to be the largest undisturbed tomb ever found in Egypt, as there were found the intact burials of 153 individuals that lived under the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1069-945 BC). This outstanding find was subsequently divided in lots of antiquities and dispersed by 17 nations.

This volume presents the first comprehensive publication of the Italian Lot, kept in the Egyptian Museum of Florence. Besides the formal description of the objects, a critical assessment of the collection is provided regarding the reconstruction of the burial assemblages, the reuse of the burial equipment and the art historical examination of coffin decoration.

“Although aimed primarily at specialists, this is a splendid volume and will be easy to use by anyone having an interest in these objects.” -Lester L. Grabbe, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 44.5 (2020)

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Rogério de Sousa, Ph.D. (2006), Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies (University of Coimbra), coordinates the Gate of the Priests Project and published catalogues and monographs on the Tomb of the Priests, including Burial Assemblages from Bab el-Gasus in the Geographical Society of Lisbon (Brepols, 2017)
“Although aimed primarily at specialists, this is a splendid volume and will be easy to use by anyone having an interest in these objects.”
- Lester L. Grabbe, in Society for Old Testament Study Book List 2020
Foreword Acknowledgments Figures PresentationM. Cristina Guidotti
Shipping Documents and Correspondence Related to the Lot VM. Cristina Guidotti

Part 1 Catalogue

Section 1 Coffin SetsMarianna Zarli and Rogério Sousa Coffin Set of Djedmutiuesankh (A.15)
Coffin Set of Tauhenut (A.20)
Coffin Set of Khonsumes (A.22)
Outer Coffin of an Anonymous Man (A.56)
Coffin Set of an Anonymous Woman (A.60)

Section 2 ShabtisMarianna Zarli
Section 3 Shabti-BoxesM. Cristina Guidotti and Deborah Vannucci

Part 2 Essays

The Reconstruction of the Burial AssemblagesMarianna Zarli
Coffin Reuse in the 21st Dynasty: a Case Study of the Bab el-Gasus Coffins in the Egyptian Museum of FlorenceKathlyn Cooney
The Coffins from the Tomb of the Priests from an Art Historical Perspective: the Lot V at the Egyptian Museum of FlorenceRogério Sousa
Bibliography Index
All interested in the history and archaeology of the Third Intermediate Period, and anyone concerned with the study of Egyptian funerary material culture, particularly with anthropoid coffins, shabtis and shabti-boxes.
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