Discovering Ancient Nubia
with Rita E. Freed, PhD
John F. Cogan Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Chair, Art of the Ancient World / Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Friday, October 14
In the 8th century B.C. a little-known empire in modern-day Sudan, Napata, extended its rule to include not only Sudan but Egypt as well. Its kings went on to defend Jerusalem against the Assyrians (II Kings 18-19), and were later driven out of Egypt by the Assyrians, who sacked not only Memphis and Thebes but the Napatan heartland as well. The Napatans left behind a rich material culture that included pyramids, temples, monumental sculpture and intricate gold jewelry. They were but one of the many cultures that arose from the Sudanese Nile Valley beginning around 6,000 B.C.
Prior to her work in Boston, Dr. Rita E. Freed was Founding Director of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and Associate Professor of Art at the University of Memphis. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College and received her Certificate in Museology, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. A historian of Egyptian art, Dr. Freed is best known for her organization of several international traveling exhibitions and as author of many books and articles. This lecture will present an overview of Ancient Sudan (Nubia), focusing on material from the excavations of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the richest source outside Khartoum.