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My Violent King: Royal Violence in Non-Royal Sources - An online ZOOM lecture


Abu SimbelDate: Saturday 13th November at 3pm  
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: Dr Niv Allon Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The smiting king is one of ancient Egypt’s most prevalent and longest enduring icons, but most depictions of royal violence belong in the royal sphere. Analyzing New Kingdom tomb art, this paper will suggest that the elite rarely show such images, often distancing themselves from the king’s violence. By exploring texts and images, this paper will investigate this distancing effect and the mediated experience of violence it suggests.

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Dr Niv Allon

Dr. Niv Allon is Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His main research concerns the nexus of visual and textual analysis, investigating how art, sign, and language interact. More recently, he has focused on concepts of literacy and violence in ancient Egypt, on which he has published a monograph with Oxford University Press (2019).

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