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Writing, Violence, and the MilitaryImages of Literacy in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt (1550-1295 BCE)$
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Niv Allon

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198841623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198841623.001.0001

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The Likeness of an Author

The Likeness of an Author

The Scribal Statues of Haremhab

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(p.101) 3 The Likeness of an Author
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Writing, Violence, and the Military
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Niv Allon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198841623.003.0004

This chapter shifts to three-dimensional art and studies scribal statues. It traces back the history of this statuary motif through time, studying changes in the texts inscribed on the statue and the gesture of the right hand. Analyzing these elements, the chapter investigates the relationships between statue, patron, and text. A close inspection of this statuary motif reveals a growing emphasis on the act of writing and a reinterpretation of the literacy act. Focusing on the Eighteenth Dynasty patrons who commissioned such statues once again suggests that men of military background like Haremhab play a significant role in disseminating images of literacy through their self-representation.

Keywords:   sculpture, scribe, scribal statue, social history, piety, law, The Metropolitan Museum of Art MMA 23.10.1, Cairo Museum CG 42129

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