Lectures

Imaging and Reimagining Statue Bodies in the Late New Kingdom – Elizabeth Frood

Imaging and Reimagining Statue Bodies in the Late New Kingdom - Elizabeth Frood
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Dal lunedì al sabato dalle ore 9:00 alle 18:30
On Tuesday 14th February 2023, at 6 pm, in collaboration with ACME (Amici e Collaboratori del Museo Egizio) we will host a lecture  held by Elizabeth Frood.

From the early New Kingdom onwards (ca. 1500–1350 BCE), Egyptian temples were increasingly an arena for nonroyal monumental display. Many thousands of statues and stelae were set up in their outer areas, materialising individual and group presence and participation through their forms and through the sometimes extensive texts inscribed on them. In the later New Kingdom, in contrast with earlier, innovations did not focus around the creation of new types but on extensions and elaborations of existing ones. These rather subtle changes would have been intensely meaningful for the dedicating communities. This lecture explores implications of some of these developments, focusing in particular in relation on the two-dimensional figures and scenes of deities that begin to appear on statue bodies in the reign of Ramesses II (1279–1213 BCE), especially on areas of statue surfaces that had conventionally been inscribed with texts. Detailed study of selected examples, as well as reimaginings of their contexts for display, can reveal something of how ancient Egyptians conceptualised statue bodies, their surfaces, and indeed animate selves of statues.

 

The event will be held in English, free admission to the conference room subject to availability.

The lecture will be broadcast via streaming on the Museum's Facebook page and Youtube channel

 

Elizabeth Frood is Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford. Born in Aotearoa New Zealand, she received her first degrees from the University of Auckland and her doctorate from Oxford. She writes on aspects of nonroyal self-presentation and display, particularly for the late New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period. Elizabeth codirects the Karnak Graffiti Project in collaboration with the Centre Franco-Égyptien d’Étude des Temples de Karnak. She is the author of Biographical texts from Ramessid Egypt (2007) and of articles on topics ranging from potters to religion.  
Imaging and Reimagining Statue Bodies in the Late New Kingdom - Elizabeth Frood
info@museitorino.it
011 44 06 903
Dal lunedì al sabato dalle ore 9:00 alle 18:30