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Masculine Ideals and Dress in New Kingdom Elite Tombs

Jordan Galczynski - PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles
Friday, December 3, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
This presentation seeks to explore the relationship between New Kingdom Egyptian masculine ideals and the types of dress used to express said ideals in the funerary context. One method to assess and better understand the Egyptian concept of gender is through the dress of the individuals. Dress has long been understood as a key expression of identity, especially gender norms. This is especially true since dress is often the first layer of an individual’s identity experienced in social interactions—be it between two individuals meeting for the first time or a modern viewer of a tomb scene. Through an investigation of a few case studies, I will argue that there is no single masculinity for the New Kingdom elite male. As I will show, we can see multiple, overlapping identities being depicted. The contexts in which the tomb owner either dons a kilt or is enrobed in a tunic differs depending on scene type and, more importantly, the type of masculinity wishing to be expressed. This presentation will explore the juxtaposition of both of these iterations of masculinity and their function in elite male identity formation and negotiation.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Lectures