Academic journal article African Studies Review

The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings on the Nile

Academic journal article African Studies Review

The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings on the Nile

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Charles Bonnet and Dominique Valbelle. The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings on the Nile. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2006. 215 pp. Photographs. Diagrams. Maps. Bibliography. $39.95. Cloth.

The central focus of this illustrated large-format volume is on the remarkable 2003 archaeological finds made at Kerna in the northern Sudan. Led by Charles Bonnet, the University of Geneva's Archaeological Mission discovered the well-preserved and largely complete fragments of seven monumental black granite statues, five of which portray Nubian pharonic rulers. Among these remarkable stone sculptures are those depicting Taharqa and Tanutamun, the last two Nubian pharaohs who ruled over Egypt from what is now the northern Sudan.

Located just below the third Nile cataract, Kerma has been the site of archaeological research by the University of Geneva team since 1977. The seven statues described in this volume were all found buried in a ditch within the confines of a temple at the site of the ancient city of Pnoubs. Bonnet and his colleagues realized early on that they had come upon a virgin cache of statuary depicting Nubian rulers of Egypt of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty. Outstanding among this remarkable collection of statues is that of Taharqa, who ruled in the first half of the seventh century B. C. E. Because there are few examples of sculptures depicting the Nubian rulers of Egypt, Bonnet and his colleagues faced significant challenges in attempting to determine the stylistic features of the workshops that produced them. Their analyses of the architectonic details of these statues and others depicting some of the same rulers, coupled with other evidence, point to local workshops, but do not exclude important Egyptian sculptors. …

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