Nubian Pharaohs Black Kings on the Nile

ISBN-10: 977416010X

ISBN-13: 9789774160103

Edition: 2006

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In 2003, a Swiss archaeological team working in northern Sudan uncovered one of the most remarkable Egyptological finds in recent years. At the site known as Kerma, near the third cataract of the Nile, archaeologist Charles Bonnet and his team discovered a ditch within a temple from the ancient city of Pnoubs, which contained seven monumental black granite statues. Magnificently sculpted, and in an excellent state of preservation, they portrayed five pharaonic rulers, including Taharqa and Tanoutamon, the last two pharaohs of the 'Nubian' Dynasty, when Egypt was ruled by kings from the lands of modern-day Sudan. For over half a century, the Nubian pharaohs governed a combined kingdom of Egypt and Nubia, with an empire stretching from the Delta to the upper reaches of the Nile. The seven statues, with their exquisite workmanship, transform our understanding of the art of this period. In particular, the colossal statue of Taharqa--almost certainly done by an Egyptian sculptor--is a masterpiece of stone artwork. Beautifully illustrated with over 170 color photographs, The Nubian Pharaohs illuminates the epic history of this little-known historical era, when the pharaohs of Egypt came from Sudan. In this major new book, which combines the latest archaeological research with stunning photography, Charles Bonnet and Dominique Valbelle narrate the incredible story of their discovery--one that will change our understanding of Egypt and Africa in the ancient world.
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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication date: 1/31/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 10.00" wide x 13.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 4.114
Language: English

Dominique Valbelle is president of the French Egyptology Association and professor at the Sorbonne.

The site
The protohistoric town
The Nubian town and its necropolis
The Egyptian town
Kerma after the Egyptians
The discovery
A temple to Amun of Pnubs
Akhenaten at Pnubs
The Kushite temples of Pnubs
A virgin cache
The royal statues
The statues of Taharqa and Tanutamun
The statues of Senkamanisken, Anlamani, and Aspelta
Egyptian sculptors in Nubia
Kushite artists of Egyptian inspiration
A tumultuous history
Taharqa versus the Assyrians
Tanutamun and Psamtik I
The early years of the Napatan dynasty
Psamtik II's military expedition into Nubia
Ritual deposits in Egypt and Nubia
Egyptian and Nubian statues from Kerma
The birth and consecration of statues in the mansion of gold
The life and death of statues in the temple
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