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1st Student's Major

Art

1st Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Students' Professional Biography

Keely Wardyn is a graduate of Minnesota State University – Mankato from Faribault, Minnesota. She is an art history major, with a minor in English, and enjoys examining art of the Middle East and Asia. Most recently, she was awarded a grant which allowed her to study satirical Egyptian art at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. After graduation she plans on continuing her education to attain a master’s degree in art history.

Mentor's Name

Alisa Eimen

Mentor's Email Address

alisa.eimen@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

During a short period in New Kingdom Egypt (c. 1550-1070 BCE) artwork of an interesting nature was created in a small workers’ village called Deir el-Medina. These artworks often feature animals with human characteristics: mice dress as noblewomen, foxes play lutes, cats are geese herdsmen, and lions play board games. Satirical drawings, as they are referred to, were created by the craftsmen who decorated the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. These drawings poke fun at the rigid and formal decoration of imperial spaces. However, these artworks were more than comic relief for the artists; they also reflect the social and political atmosphere in Egypt from the eighteenth dynasty onwards. The Ramesside period (c. 1292–1069 BCE), during which these images were made, was a time of diminishing pharaonic authority and growing economic uncertainty. The first organized workers’ strike in history was planned by the same artists who were creating satirical artworks. Although the strike was a success, the Ramesside period would continue to be plagued by administrative errors and instability. Satirical artworks provide insight into the historical, social and political atmosphere at the time of their creation, revealing a narrative of the artists who shaped the Valley of the Kings.

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