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Title: Hunting at the time of the emergence of the Ancient Egyptian state
Authors: Incordino, Ilaria
Keywords: HuntingPredynastic Egyptdogsrulerorder vs chaos
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Ilaria Incordino, "Hunting at the time of the emergence of the Ancient Egyptian state", in: Ilaria Micheli (ed.), "Materiality and Identity. Selected papers from the proceedings of the ATrA Conferences of Naples and Turin 2015", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2016, pp. 125-136
Series/Report no.: ATrA Aree di transizione linguistiche e culturali in Africa
A brief excursus on hunting scenes dated to the Predynastic Period in Egypt
shows to what extent this elite activity has acted as driving force towards
the creation of a ruler ideology at the time of the emergence of the Ancient
Egyptian State. Far from being only a way to ensure food provisioning,
hunting dangerous animals in the desert assumed, at that time, huge
social and political value for a small group of people, whose desire was to
distinguish themselves and acquire control over the territory and their peers.
In the development of this ideology of power, it is possible to foresee the
most important characteristics of the pharaohs of historical period, such as
the representation of the ruler figure, the lack of realism in the depictions of
hunting scenes, the need to establish order over chaos and the connection
between defeating natural elements and prevailing over human opponents.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-750-4
eISBN: 978-88-8303-751-1
Appears in Collections:ATrA 1. Materiality and Identity

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