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December 12, 2015
Stelae are an invaluable source of information about various aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization because these slabs with inscriptions and images seem to touch every imaginable facet of pharaonic culture. Egyptologists often approach stelae as textual evidence, focusing on the contents of their inscriptions. Depictions of people and objects, magical symbols, and other pictorial motifs, as well as their composition and overall design, also bore specific meanings and often functioned in conjunction with the texts. This lecture will explore these visual aspects of stelae, drawing examples from the special exhibition, Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 12, 2015—January 24, 2016).
3:30 PM, Classroom 2
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