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L. Nubian Troops R. Expedition by Ramses II into Lower Nubia. Battle Scene.
21st-13th c BCE Egyptian Egyptian Middle Kingdom Sculpture

EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM Anonymous (c. 2124 BCE - 1786 BCE) Primary
EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM Anonymous (c. 2124 BCE - 1786 BCE)
2124 BCE - 1200 BCE
21st-13th c BCE
Wood
Egyptian Middle Kingdom
Figure
Asyut Egypt.
Cairo. Egytian Museum.
African26.bla01c01
The Egyptians had respect for black Africans as warriors. They fought them, but they also recruited them as mercenaries, as we see in the African battalion shown on the top. These small wooden figures were included in a Middle Kingdom tomb where their function was to protect the deceased in the next world. The lower image shows the great warrior pharaoh Ramses II who attacked the African troops as part of his attempt to maintain control his empire into Nubia, which had been added to Egypt by tan earlier pharaoh. Rameses is shown in a chariot in the midst of a battle, scattering bodies before him. The Egyptians ruled over Nubia from 1420-1200 BCE. Not only did Rameses reestablish Egyptian control over Nubia, but he also expanded the Egyptian Empire further into Mesopotamia and Syria. Influences of the art of Ramses can be found in Nubia as well as in Palestine and Syria. He was a mighty builder who constructed numerous temples in various parts of Egypt, and even Nubia and Syria. Many of then were decorated with conquered Nubians and Syrians who served the Egyptians as slaves. We will see an example later.

Caption: EGYPTIAN MIDDLE & NEW KINGDOMS | L. Nubian Troops R. Expedition by Ramses II into Lower Nubia. Battle Scene. | 2124 BCE - 1786 BCE | Egyptian | Egyptian Middle Kingdom

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