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Title: Scènes de gynécées’ figured ostraca : their relationship to the material culture of New Kingdom Egypt
Author: Backhouse, J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6059 3995
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2016
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The aim of the study is to examine a particular set of images found only on ostraca from New Kingdom Egypt. These scenes show women, often with a child, sitting on a bed in a domestic environment; alternatively, they depict women with a child in a kiosk, in an outdoor setting. The purpose of this research is to consider why these images were drawn and to explore what these representations meant to their creators and viewers. The functionality of the ostraca will also be analysed, considering if they were objects in their own right or merely practice pieces for larger scale compositions. In order to place the ostraca in the context of contemporaneous society the material culture of New Kingdom Egypt will be examined, particularly female figurines, both standalone figurines and so called 'ladies on beds' figurines. By examining concurrent representations of women created in the New Kingdom, in a variety of mediums, the study aims to discover commonality and diversity within one theme.
Supervisor: Snape, S. ; Chauvet, V. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral