Archaism and Innovation
Studies in the Culture of Middle Kingdom Egypt
Edited by David Silverman, William Kelly Simpson and Josef Wegner
The current volume assembles a series of studies of Middle Kingdom culture gathered around the theme of archaism, change and innovation.
The papers had their origin in a symposium the University of Pennsylvania Museum hosted in 2002, and held in memory of the great Middle Kingdom scholar, Oleg Berlev. The Penn Museum organized the conference that received generous support from the Center for Ancient Studies of the University of Pennsylvania and the Marilyn and William Kelly Simpson Endowment in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. For the publication, the authors revised and augmented their essays, allowing this volume to include up-to-date information. The editors also invited other scholars to contribute additional studies resulting in a volume that deals with the Middle Kingdom in a broader context.
The Marilyn and William Kelly Simpson endowment in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University generously provided the funds necessary for the publication of the volume.
Introduction: Archaism and Innovation: Towards Defining the Cultural Expression of Egypt's Middle Kingdom, David P. Silverman, William Kelly Simpson, Josef Wegner
I. Royal Statuary
A Middle Kingdom Masterwork in Boston, Rita E. Freed and Jack A. Josephson
The Statue Acc. No. 25.6 in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Two Versions of Throne Decorations, Dorothea Arnold
II. Architecture and the Royal Mortuary Tradition
Non-Royal Burials in the Teti Pyramid Cemetery and the Early Twelfth Dynasty, David P. Silverman
The Tomb of Senwosret III at Abydos: Considerations on the Origins and Development of the Royal Amduat-Tomb, Josef Wegner
III. Lahun Studies
Temple(s) and Town at el-Lahun: A Study of the Ancient Toponyms in the El-Lahun Papyri, Zoltan Horvath
Lots I and II from Lahun, Mark Collier
IV. Text and Language
Old and New in the Middle Kingdom, James P. Allen
The Stela of Sehetepibre (CG 20538): Borrowings and Innovation, Ronald J. Leprohon
Rulers and Administrators - Dynasty 12: The Rule of the House of Itj-towy with Some Personal Reminiscences, William Kelly Simpson
Four Titles: What is the Difference?, Stephen Quirke
VI. Funerary Arts
Funerary Pottery in the Middle Kingdom: Archaism or Revival?, Susan J. Allen
Funerary Equipment from Deir el-Bersha in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Denise Doxey
False Doors and History: The First Intermediate Period and Middle Kingdom, Edward Brovarski
VII. Religion and Iconography
The Early History of "New Kingdom" Netherworld Iconography: A Late Middle Kingdom Apotropaic Wand Reconsidered, Joshua Roberson
A Decorated Birth-Brick from South Abydos: New Evidence on Childbirth and Birth Magic in the Middle Kingdom, Josef Wegner
David P. Silverman is curator of the Egyptian section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
William Kelly Simpson is Professor of Egyptology at Yale University and is consultative curator of the Department of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Josef Wegner is Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Curator in the Egyptian Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
New Titles List
William Kelly Simpson
Yale Egyptological Studies
- Adoration of the Ram - Five Hymns to Amun-Re from Hibis Temple
- Archaism and Innovation - Studies in the Culture of Middle Kingdom Egypt
- The Classic Christian Townsite at Arminna West
- A Commemoration Ritual for Senwosret I - P. BM EA 10610.15/P. Ramesseum B (Ramesseum Dramatic Papyrus)
- Echoes of Egypt - Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs
- Feasts and Fights - Essays on Time in Ancient Egypt
- The Great Karnak Inscription of Merneptah - Grand Strategy in the 13th Century BC
- Inscribed Material from the Pennsylvania-Yale Excavations at Abydos
- The Inscription of Queen Katimala at Semna - Textual Evidence for the Origins of the Napatan State
- The Mortuary Papyrus of Padikakem - Walters Art Museum 551
- The Mortuary Temple of Senwosret III at Abydos
- A Royal Book of Protection of the Saite Period - pBrooklyn 47.218.49
- Slab Stelae of the Giza Necropolis
- Theban Desert Road Survey II - The Rock Shrine of Pahu, Gebel Akhenaton, and other Rock Inscriptions from the Western Hinterland of Qamula