Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
The aim of the present study is to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the ritualized appearance of the king in the 'Window of Appearance' by analyzing the artistic portrayal of this architectural venue throughout the New Kingdom. In order to do this, a corpus of all known tenanted 'Window of Appearance' scenes was gathered for the first time. By conducting an analysis of the artistic motifs depicted on the 'Window of Appearance' it is my goal to indicate that the variation in the decorative program is not simply artistic convention as has been previously implied, but reflects shifting socio-political and religious ideologies with each respective reign. I will also utilize the layout of the decorative program to demonstrate that these motifs were arranged systematically to reflect a microcosm of the king's divine and earthly domain and represented the doctrines of his role as king.
Fjerstad, Branden Reid, "The 'Window of Appearance' Re-Opened: New Perspectives on a New Kingdom Royal Venue" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 252.