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Archaism and Innovation
Studies in the Culture of Middle Kingdom Egypt

Edited by David Silverman, William Kelly Simpson and Josef Wegner

Archaism and Innovation
Hardback, 512 pages £38.00
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9780980206517
Format: 278mm x 217mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Egyptology, Yale Egyptology
Series: Yale Egyptological Studies

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

V. Administration

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.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 512 pages
 278mm x 217mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, HIS026000, SOC003000
 Yale Egyptological Publications


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