LECTURE: The Rock Shrine of Pahu, and the Dawn of Personal Piety in New Kingdom Egypt Find us
Date: Monday, December 3, 2012, 6:30pm
Chapter: New York, co-sponsored with the Archaeology Committee of the National Arts Club
Pahu's Rock Shrine
Speaker: Dr. John Coleman Darnell, Yale University. Introduction by Michele A.F. Kidwell, Chairperson, Archaeology Committee of The National Arts ClubLocation: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, N. Y.
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Description: Sometime around the reign of Thutmosis IV, a man named Pahu, a priest of Amun of Heriheramun — a large but secondary divine estate just north of ancient Thebes — created a desert oratory for himself in the middle desert west of the area of modern Qamûla. His inscriptions indicate that he created the site for himself, a private diary on rock surfaces recording religious experience, not for public consumption, not concerned with elite appearance or temple decorum. An analysis of the scenes and inscriptions at Pahu’s site may reveal much concerning the appeal of formal religious imagery outside of its normal settings. Pahu's ensemble of images and texts allows a unique glimpse into the formative period of personal piety during the Eighteenth Dynasty, a local and more private manifestation of religious developments that would manifest themselves, shortly after Pahu's time, in the religion of Akhenaton.
Pahu’s images of King Ahmose and the Goddess Taweret (One Recording of Pahu’s Private Religious Experiences)
About the Speaker:: John Coleman Darnell, Professor of Egyptology at Yale University, is also director of the Yale Egyptological Institute. He has published monographs and articles on many aspects of pharaonic culture, history, and language, with particular focus on Egyptian religion, cryptography, and the archaeological and epigraphic remains of ancient activity in the Egyptian Western Desert. Among the discoveries of the two expeditions he directs (Theban Desert Road Survey and Yale Toshka Desert Survey) are the Scorpion tableau, perhaps the earliest historical record of ancient Egypt; the earliest alphabetic inscriptions (in the Wadi el-Hôl); a new Middle Egyptian literary text from the same site; important archaeological remains of the Tasian culture; Middle Kingdom, Second Intermediate Period, and New Kingdom outposts on the high plateau; and the earliest major occupation site thus far known for Kharga Oasis. His recent research includes the use of rock inscriptions in the creation of "ordered" space, the development of iconographic syntax in the Predynastic rock art of the Egyptian deserts, and the economic status of the oases and the desert regions, particularly from the late Old Kingdom through the Third Intermediate Period.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.