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Elena Pischikova

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167249

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167249.001.0001

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Recarved Kushite Head from the Tomb of Karakhamun? (Further Remarks on the Dating of the South Asasif Necropolis)1

Recarved Kushite Head from the Tomb of Karakhamun? (Further Remarks on the Dating of the South Asasif Necropolis)1

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(p.259) 12 Recarved Kushite Head from the Tomb of Karakhamun? (Further Remarks on the Dating of the South Asasif Necropolis)1
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Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis
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Elena Pischikova
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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167249.003.0013

This chapter examines the remains of a modern sculptural workshop in the tomb of Karabasken in an attempt to identify a fragment of genuine Kushite sculpture. In May 2014, a small limestone head wearing a nemes was found in the court of the tomb of Karabasken. Referred to as a Kushite head, the object is made of pink-colored limestone. It is not its original color, but the result of extensive burning on the floor of the First and Second Pillared Halls in the tomb of Karakhamun. In contrast, almost all of the heads from Karabasken's workshop are carved out of the dense white limestone from Karakhamun's quarry area. The chapter considers a few facts and preliminary conclusions about the Kushite head as well as some of the questions it raises; for example, whether a royal statue could be part of the original decoration of the tomb of Karakhamun.

Keywords:   sculptural workshop, tomb of Karabasken, Kushite sculpture, limestone, Kushite head, tomb of Karakhamun, royal statue

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