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The Ancient Egyptian Prisoner Statues: Manifestations of Pharaoh’s Power

April 9, 2024 @ 7:00 pm EDT

Oberlin Public Library Community Room
65 S. Main St
Oberlin, 44074 United States

AIA Society: Oberlin/Wooster

Lecturer: Tara Prakash

During the late Old Kingdom, six different pharaohs erected nearly life-size, limestone statues of kneeling, bound captives inside their pyramid complexes. These statues are commonly known as prisoner statues, and they were a major part of the monument’s decoration. This talk will focus on the prisoner statues of King Pepi I. These prisoner statues were highly unusual in two important ways. First, they portray generic foreign enemies rather than specific ethnicities, as is typical in Egyptian art. Secondly, the statues were never meant to remain intact; instead, Pepi I’s artists methodically decapitated and butchered them. In their decapitated form, Pepi I’s prisoner statues were ritual offerings and monumental images of the deceased king’s annihilated enemies.

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April 9, 2024
7:00 pm EDT
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Oberlin Public Library Community Room
65 S. Main St
Oberlin, 44074 United States
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