Transient or eternal? Cross-regional identity display reconsidered : The missing head of the statue of Darius (NMI 4112)

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Wasmuth , M 2019 , ' Transient or eternal? Cross-regional identity display reconsidered : The missing head of the statue of Darius (NMI 4112) ' , Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections , vol. 24 , pp. 49–66 .

Title: Transient or eternal? Cross-regional identity display reconsidered : The missing head of the statue of Darius (NMI 4112)
Author: Wasmuth, Melanie
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Biblical Studies
Date: 2019-11-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections
ISSN: 1944-2815
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/316733
Abstract: The statue of Darius I found at Susa provides a striking example for petrifying an identity construction that is transient in nature. Darius I is simultaneously Persian Great King and Egyptian pharaoh. Usually, either one or the other aspect is put to the fore in the preserved media of presentation. Characteristically, the statue in its current headless state combines these identities and presents a new image, which follows neither regional tradition, but is understandable in either of the two (and beyond). As such, long-term and cross-cultural readability is explicitly ordered in the commission inscription on the statue, and this can be equally assumed for the missing head. Based on this hypothesis, I will reconsider the scope of potential reconstructions of the statue and, consequently, of the secondary context of erection at the gate building of the ‘palace of Darius’ at Susa.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
Egypto-Persian kingship
Achaemenid Empire
cross-cultural identity
petrification
reconstruction
Egypt
Susa
temple
palace
gateway
6th c. BCE
Darius I
royal statue
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