Join us on November 14 for a lecture given by Dr. Brandi Hill.
Dr. Brandi Hill received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Egyptology from Swansea
University this past July. She began her exploration of Twelfth Dynasty royal female art at theUniversity of Memphis where she completed her Master’s degree in Art History at the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology.
Dr. Brandi Hill (Swansea University)
Thursday November 14, 7:30 PM
Sidney Smith Hall
100 St. George Street
During the Middle Kingdom’s Twelfth Dynasty, the royal portraiture underwent an unprecedented change. These features presented a new iconographic style that was expanding in the art for both ruling women and men. This dedicated art historical analysis examines the motifs, attributes, themes, and symbolism to explore the meanings of the representations. By being presented in multiple forms with a complex range of attributes, royal women were able to proclaim their official positions. The apex of Twelfth Dynasty female political participation and representation of power is demonstrated by Neferuptah and Sobekneferu. Neferuptah is depicted as having the most administrative presence of any other royal family member during Amenemhat III’s reign. In addition, Sobekneferu is Egypt’s first unequivocally attested female pharaoh who ruled without the accompaniment of a co-regent or royal woman in the queenship position. This talk offers a new understanding for the surviving iconography of Twelfth Dynasty royal women, Neferuptah’s possible co-regency, and Sobekneferu’s full reign.