The deposit of over 1000 commemorative monuments within the cachette court of Karnak temple is one of the richest discoveries of elite statuary. Many of these non-royal statues date from the later phases of Egyptian history, when establishing your statue in the temple as opposed to the tomb seems to have become an increasingly popular trend. This lecture will provide examples of statue inscriptions from the first millennium BCE to demonstrate what these objects can reveal about the statues’ function, how the ‘voice’ of the statue could engage with a range of audiences, and how the statue was perceived to reap the rewards of its setting within the sacred temple space.

Join Jennifer Turner as she reports on her research which was supported by an EES Patrons' Award in 2019.

Jennifer Turner is a PhD student at the University of Birmingham, and currently the Project Curator of Egyptian Statues in the British Museum. Her doctoral research explores statues found within the Karnak cachette from the late New Kingdom through to the beginning of the Late Period, to explore what their inscriptions and their placement of text across the statue surface reveals about the function of statues within the wider sacred context. She is also interested in the creation process of elite statuary and selecting text, and how far content and placement from these Karnak examples may provide further insights into the function of the statue.

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