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date: 21 August 2019

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Each New Kingdom pharaoh’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings materially embodies the imagined personal netherworld landscape of its royal owner. However, the notion of what a king’s tomb should be changed significantly during the New Kingdom. Moreover, the development of kings’ tombs was punctuated by periods of sudden change and acceleration, such as the brief Amarna interlude in the Eighteenth Dynasty and the total architectural and programmatic transformation of kings’ tombs instituted by Seti I at the beginning of the Nineteenth Dynasty. This chapter examines a crucial component of this development, namely the changing patterns of scene distribution in kings’ tombs during the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Dynasties. The significance of formal and iconographic variations applied to key scenes is also explored.

Keywords: king’s tomb, decorative program, cosmographic values, patterns, scene distribution, netherworld landscape, iconographic variations, formal variations

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