The Role of the Horse in Ancient Egyptian: In Society and Imagery

Animal Iconography in the Archaeological Record - New Approaches, New Dimensions

Lonneke Delpeut [+-]
PhD Candidate, Leiden University
Lonneke Delpeut, archaeologist, with an MA in Classics & Ancient Civilisations - Egyptology from Leiden University, she is about to start her PhD in September. She specialises in visual studies in ancient Egypt and combines this with her passion for horses.

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Egyptian tombs have long been a source of inspiration for understanding the function of ancient Egyptian society. The Egyptians depicted the horse in their private tombs from the Eighteenth Dynasty onward. This paper will focus on two aspects of these depictions. Firstly, it will discuss what the Egyptians intended the visitor to see, namely the horse in its depicted context. Secondly, an investigation of how these images can be of use to us as a source of information about what the Egyptians knew about the horse will be made by studying content. Finally, the potential symbolic function of the horse in the images will be studied. The theory of costly signalling will be applied to hunting scenes in private tombs to determine if they can be interpreted as a status symbol.

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Delpeut, Lonneke. The Role of the Horse in Ancient Egyptian: In Society and Imagery. Animal Iconography in the Archaeological Record - New Approaches, New Dimensions. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781799260. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38882. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38882. Feb 2021

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