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Image and Ideology before the New Kingdom





ISBN 9780367878542
Published December 19, 2019 by Routledge
314 Pages

 
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Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt examines the use of Egyptian pictures of violence prior to the New Kingdom. Starting with the assertion that making and displaying such images served as a tactic of power, related to but separate from the actual practice of violence, the book explores the development and deployment of this imagery across different contexts. By comparatively utilizing violent images from a variety of other times and cultures, the book asks that we consider not only how Egyptian imagery was related to Egyptian violence, but also why people create pictures of violence and place them where they do, and how such images communicate what to whom. By cataloging and querying Egyptian imagery of violence from different periods and different contexts—royal tombs, divine temples, the landscape, portable objects, and private tombs—Violence and Power highlights the nuances of the relationship between aspects of royal ideology, art, and its audiences in the first half of pharaonic Egyptian history.



 

Table of Contents

List of figures



Acknowledgements



Chronological chart





Chapter 1



Picturing violence



The Structure of this Book



Themes





Chapter 2



The Origins of Violent Imagery



The Earliest Images of Violence in Egypt



The Evidence from Early Egypt: Naqada I



The Evidence from Early Egypt: Naqada II



Order and Chaos





Chapter 3



The Violence Inherent in the System: Imagery and Royal Ideology in the Period of State Formation



Violence in Egyptian Art in the Period of State Formation



Violence in Early Dynastic Imagery



Continuity and Discontinuity





Chapter 4



To Live Forever: The Decoration of Royal Mortuary Complexes



The Old Kingdom



The Middle Kingdom



Interpreting Imagery of Violence from Royal Tombs





Chapter 5



Uniter of the Two Lands: Images of Violence in Divine Temples



Egyptian Temples as a Context for Imagery





Chapter 6



The Preservation of Order: Images in the Landscape



The Early Dynastic Period



The Old Kingdom



Reading Rock Carvings of Smiting





Chapter 7



Out and About: Images of Violence on Portable Objects



Images of Triumph on Portable Objects



Images of Captivity on Portable Objects



Movement and Meaning





Chapter 8



Who is Who? Private Monumental Images of War



The Old Kingdom



The First Intermediate Period



The Middle Kingdom



Inscriptions and Images in Private Tombs



Interpreting Private Images of War





Chapter 9



Violence, Power, Ideology





Bibliography



Index

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Biography

Laurel Bestock is an Associate Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology at Brown University (USA). She received her PhD in Egyptian Archaeology and Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (USA). She directs excavations in Egypt at the site of Abydos, where she investigates early kingship. In the Sudan, she co-directs excavations at the Egyptian fortress of Uronarti, seeking to understand lifestyles and cultural interactions in a colonial outpost from nearly 4000 years ago. For her next project, she hopes to work on a book focused on food and culture at Uronarti, both anciently and in the context of a modern excavation team camping in tents along the Nile.