Some remarks for a multidimensional approach to the Coffin Text unique spells

Gracia Zamacona, C. (2021) Some remarks for a multidimensional approach to the Coffin Text unique spells. In: Jiménez-Serrano, A. and Morales, A. J. (eds.) Middle Kingdom Palace Culture and its Echoes in the Provinces. Series: Harvard Egyptological studies, 7 (12). Brill: Leiden / Boston, pp. 171-222. ISBN 9789004442818 (doi: 10.1163/9789004442825_009)

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Björn Billson labelled those Coffin Text spells that occur in only one documented example as “unique spells”. Although unique spells amount to a third of the Coffin Text corpus, their significance is yet to be fully understood since only those from Barsha have been discussed in detail (Billson 2010). In this paper, twelve dimensions are proposed as criteria to be evaluated within a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the unique spells that appear within the whole corpus as collated by Adriaan de Buck. To demonstrate the difficulty of assessing unique spells, of understanding their development, and the motives of the mortuary “documents” on which they appear, a particular case study is addressed at the end of the article. This is unique spell CT 682 on Barsha coffin B1Bo and its mirror spell CT 990, which is attested in only two texts: Papyri Gardiner II & III probably from Saqqara, and a “non-unique” spell (PT 627B) which occurs in the pyramids of Teti, Pepi I, and Neith at Saqqara.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gracia Zamacona, Dr Carlos
Authors: Gracia Zamacona, C.
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Published Online:25 January 2021

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