Tara Prakash is a postdoctoral fellow in the Near Eastern Studies department at Johns Hopkins University. She received her PhD in ancient Egyptian art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her research interests include issues of ethnicity and identity, foreign interactions, artistic agency, and the uses of statuary in ancient Egypt. She is currently writing a book on a unique series of Egyptian statues that depict kneeling bound foreigners and are known as the prisoner statues.

Egyptian Statuary in the Hopkins Archaeological Museum

Statues in ancient Egypt were extremely powerful images.  Following the appropriate rituals, a statue could eat, breath, smell, and see. Today, the ancient Egyptians are most famous for their large-scale stone statuary, but over the course of their history, the Egyptians also carved many other types of smaller statues and statuettes from an array of […]