Sculpting Identity: Royal Ideology during the Early 12th Dynasty

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Presented by Dr. Lisa Saladino Haney

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A number of new trends appear in the royal statuary of the 12th Dynasty, springing from the fusion of Old Kingdom and 11th Dynasty traits present in the images of its founder, Amenemhet I. This material demonstrates the gradual development of a new portrait of kingship reflective of key changes in the royal ideology of the period. An evaluation of the known corpus of 12th Dynasty royal sculpture suggests a connection between this new form of visual identity and the development of the practice of coregency. For nearly 50 years, scholars have debated the existence of a series of coregencies spanning Egypt’s 12th Dynasty. For many, the validity of the concept rests on the proposed period of shared power between Amenemhet I and his son, Senwosret I. This talk will provide an up-to-date analysis of all of the data related to a potential period of co-rule between these kings. In addition, the royal statuary from their reigns offers insight into some of the technical aspects related to coregency during the 12th Dynasty.