Middle Kingdom Palace Culture and Its Echoes in the Provinces

Regional Perspectives and Realities


Middle Kingdom Palace Culture and Its Echoes in the Provinces addresses the significant gaps that remain in scholarly understanding about the origins and development of Egypt’s “Classical Age”. The essays in this volume are the end result of a conference held at the University of Jaén in Spain to study the history, archaeology, art, and language of the Middle Kingdom. Special attention is paid to provincial culture, perspectives, and historical realities. The distinguished group of Egyptologists from around the world gathered to consider the degree of influence that provincial developments played in reshaping the Egyptian state and its culture during the period. This volume aims to take a step towards a better understanding of the cultural renaissance, including the ideological transformations and social reorganization, that produced the Middle Kingdom.

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Alejandro Jiménez-Serrano, Ph.D. (2000), is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Jaén. In 2008, he reassumed the archaeological excavations in Qubbet el-Hawa from a multidisciplinary perspective. He has published several books, book chapters, and articles, including the edition (together with C. von Pilgrim) From the Delta to the Cataract: Studies Dedicated to Mohamed el-Bialy (Brill, 2015).

Antonio J. Morales, Ph.D. (2013), is Assistant Professor of Egyptology, University of Alcalá (UAH, Madrid), and director of the Middle Kingdom Theban Project (Asasif and Deir el-Bahari). His main areas of research are history, religion, and language in the Old and Middle Kingdoms.
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Alejandro Jiménez-Serrano and Antonio J. Morales

1 The Funerary Chambers of Sarenput II and the Destruction of His Outer Coffin
José M. Alba Gómez

2 Regional Differences in Pottery Repertoires: Two Case Studies of Early and Late Middle Kingdom Ceramic Assemblages
Bettina Bader

3 The “Prince’s Court Is like a Common Fountain”: Middle Kingdom Royal Patronage in the Light of a Modern Sociological Concept
Martina Bardonova

4 Sinuhe: Popular Hero, Court Politics, and the Royal Paradigm
Miroslav Bárta and Jiří Janák

5 A Wood Workshop at Meir at the Beginning of the Middle Kingdom: The Case of the Wooden Models
Gersande Eschenbrenner-Diemer

6 The Burial in Qubbet el-Hawa of a Woman Named Sattjeni
Luisa M. García González

7 Some Remarks on a Multidimensional Approach to the Unique Spells of the Coffin Texts
Carlos Gracia Zamacona

8 The Non-use of Titles in the Early Middle Kingdom
Wolfram Grajetzki

9 “Co-regencies” in the First Upper Egyptian Nome during the Twelfth Dynasty
Alejandro Jiménez-Serrano and Juan Carlos Sánchez-León

10 The Issue of Residence and Periphery in the Middle Kingdom: Surveying the Delta
Eva Lange-Athinodorou

11 The Craft of the Non-mechanically Reproducible: Targeting Centres of Faience Figurine Production in 1800–1650 BC Egypt
Gianluca Miniaci

12 Opening the Vision of Osiris Sarenput: A Contextual and Typological Analysis of the Coffin of Sarenput the Younger from Qubbet el-Hawa
Antonio J. Morales

13 Elite Tombs at the Residence: The Decoration and Design of Twelfth Dynasty Tomb Chapels and Mastabas at Lisht and Dahshur
Adela Oppenheim

14 Middle Kingdom Settlement Geography at the First Cataract
Cornelius von Pilgrim

15 Tombs and Objects of the Middle Kingdom in the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmosis III in Luxor
Myriam Seco Álvarez and Javier Martínez Babón

16 The Holders of the Titles šmsw nswt and šmsw pr-ꜥꜣ
Danijela Stefanović

17 Djoser’s Complex as a Source of Inspiration for the Decoration of Private Coffins in the Middle Kingdom
Harco Willems

Written by an international group of respected Egyptologists including Middle Kingdom experts, the contributions in this book represent the latest scholarship and fresh insights that will be of value to students, established researchers, and specialists in the field.
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