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 Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

Shabtis for the Nubians: Material Colonization and Local Identities in the New Kingdom Egyptian Empire

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Clay shanties from Aniba. Egyptian Museum Leipzig. Photo: R. Lemos

SPEAKER: Dr. Rennan Lemos, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

ABSTRACT:  The Egyptian New Kingdom colonization of Nubia materialized in different ways on local ground. Among Egyptian imperial strategies to establish their power in Nubia, a global objectscape comprised of a series of Egyptian-style items spread throughout Nubia. Early scholars interpreted the substitution of previous Nubian material culture for Egyptian-style objects as evidence of the acculturation of Nubian populations. However, looking at shabtis allows us to realize the different social roles performed by these foreign objects in local contexts in Nubia. This talk will focus on the shabti corpus from New Kingdom Nubia and examine the different roles performed by these objects, including the expression of local identities through objects  originally aimed to materialize foreign colonial rule.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr.Rennan Lemos recently completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the ERC-funded DiverseNile Project at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He has many years of excavation experience in Egypt and Sudan and most recently co-edited Current Perspectives in Sudanese and Nubian Archaeology, published by Archaeopress. 

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