From Avaris to Thebes: A Comparison Study of Minoan Influence on Egyptian Painted Plaster
Abstract: Painted plaster studies have only emerged in the last 20 years, as scholars began to evaluate wall painting for socio-economic and political implications of cultural importations of the host culture. The most extensive work looked at the major fresco site of the Mediterranean during the Middle and Late Bronze Age, including Tel Kabri and Tell el-Dab'a. New Kingdom Egypt portrayed itself ... read moreas an autonomous state, especially during the 19th Dynasty; they, however, traded with the Minoans and Mycenaeans like many other LB metropoli. With scarce publication of chemical analysis and no comprehensive comparison study, this paper examines Minoan influence on Egyptian artistic production by comparing nine site across the New Kingdom period. Most with Minoan iconography are concentrated in the 18th Dynasty; use of the iconography disappeared and lime plaster use decreased in the 19th Dynasty, reflecting the Minoan decline. The iconography and technology was traded both abroad and through Egyptian ports, surviving in individual workshops and Deir el-Medina.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Classics.
Advisor: J. Matthew Harrington.
Committee: R. Bruce Hitchner, and Lauren Sullivan.
Keywords: Archaeology, Classical studies, and Art history.read less