Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile: El-Kurru, Sudan

  • through March 29, 2020
  • Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ancient graffiti provides a unique glimpse into the lives of individuals in antiquity. Religious devotion in Kush (a region located in modern-day northern Sudan), involved pilgrimage and leaving informal marks on temples, pyramids and other monumental structures. Graffiti is found in temples throughout the Meroitic period of Kush, when it bordered Roman Egypt. They represent one of the few direct traces of the devotional practices of private people in Kush and hint at individual thoughts, values and daily lives. This exhibition explores the times and places where Kushite graffiti was inscribed through photos, texts and interactive media presentations, with recently discovered in a rock-cut temple by the Kelsey expedition to the region.
Suzanne Davis
Graffito of the ram of Amun in the El-Kurru funerary.

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