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      September 15, 2019

      Sunday   3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      Room 20 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
      Berkeley, California 94720

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      Ouch! Pain, Emotion and Foreigners In Ancient Egyptian Art

      The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by Tara Prakash, Metropolitan Museum of Art:

      Ouch! Pain, Emotion and Foreigners
      In Ancient Egyptian Art

      Sunday, September 15, 3 pm
      Room 20 Barrows Hall
      UC Berkeley Campus

      (Near the intersection
      of Bancroft Way
      and Barrow Lane)

      About the Lecture:

      While pain may be something that all human beings encounter,
      the ways in which people react to and understand it are not
      universal. Indeed, culture strongly impacted the experience
      and significance that pain had in Egyptian society and culture.
      Pain was frequently depicted in Egyptian art, but artists employed
      iconographic and compositional cues to visualize it rather facial
      expressions. Moreover, the representation of pain was limited to
      certain contexts and individuals. This lecture will particularly focus
      on images of foreigners in pain, considering how and why the
      Egyptians depicted this and what other emotions were present in
      these images.

      About the Speaker:

      Dr. Tara Prakash received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her dissertation was the first comprehensive study of the prisoner statues, a series of Old Kingdom statues of kneeling, bound foreigners, and she is preparing a book manuscript on this topic.

      She is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Egyptian Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Near Eastern Studies department at Johns Hopkins University, and has also taught courses at the City College of New York.

      Dr. Prakash has worked with archaeological projects at Saqqara and Abydos in Egypt and at Tel Kabri in Israel.

      Her personal research focuses on issues of ethnicity and identity, foreign interactions, artistic agency, and the visualization of pain and emotion in ancient Egypt.


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