'One find of capital importance':A reassessment of the statue of user from Knossos

Gill, David and Padgham, Joan (2005) 'One find of capital importance':A reassessment of the statue of user from Knossos. Annual of the British School at Athens, 100. pp. 41-59. ISSN 0068-2454

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Abstract

A fragmentary Egyptian Middle Kingdom statuette was found in the north-west area of Central Court at Knossos in 1900. The three hieroglyphic texts show that the statue was mortuary in character, and that it was linked to a gold-caster called User of the Wadjet nome in Egypt. The User statuette is part of a wider distribution of Middle Kingdom statues from Nubia, Anatolia, and the Levant which have been found in funerary and non-funerary contexts. Theories for this distribution are reviewed including diplomatic gifts and exchanges, dedications in sanctuaries, the movement of specialised Egyptian workers, portable funerary statues and looting. Looting of tombs in the Wadjet nome followed by redistribution of finds looks like the most likely explanation for the appearance of User's statuette on Crete.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: classics,archaeology,history,visual arts and performing arts,archaeology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1205
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 00:05
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 00:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80792
DOI: 10.1017/S0068245400021146

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