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Birmingham Egyptology

New Article in BE Journal

Birmingham Egyptology is pleased to announce the publication of a new article by Gyula Priskin which can be accessed by clicking on the title:

The encounter between the sun and the moon on hypocephali


On many hypocephali one of the pictorial registers shows the meeting of the solar and lunar boats. The analysis of the cosmographic scheme of these funerary objects and the comparison of the scene with other astronomical depictions demonstrate that the encounter between the sun and the moon represents the situation when they are both dwelling in the liminal zones of the netherworld, close to the western and eastern horizons, respectively. The lunar boat is in fact a proxy playing the role of the morning barque of more traditional representations that show the two solar boats prow to prow.

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