The rich artistic and architectural traditions of the people of ancient Nubia (modern-day northern Sudan) have long been overshadowed by their Egyptian neighbors. Colonialist attitudes even led some early archaeologists to attribute their creations to Egyptians; after all, what African society could produce art and architecture rivaling that of the ancient Egypt?
Today, Nubia remains a mysterious part of the ancient world. This course will introduce the spectacular creations of Nubian societies, from stone pyramids to winged giraffes, from the 4th millennium BCE to the 4th century CE. Throughout, we will consider the controversial relationships between Nubian, Egyptian, and African art.
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Instructor: Carl Walsh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Barnes.
Photo: Meroitic Pyramids at Gebel Barkal, Sudan. Photo by Carl Walsh.