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I will analyze the social and religious role of figurines in Egyptian society. I will delve into the differences in the figurines in both manufacture and purpose between the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. I hope to look at religious, political, and other figurines to get a broad spectrum of usage for the artifacts. The main purpose of the research is to identify the time period, purpose, and usage for the figure donated to VCU by Professor Waybright. Questions I have is if the changes in political structure and minute changes in religion between each Kingdom affected the manufacture and use of figurines. Another question is to see if there are any significant differences in the religious figurines during periods of religious conflict such as the Amarna Period.

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Subject Major(s)

History, Archaeology, Anthropology


History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Religion, Religious Figurine


African History | Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Archaeological Anthropology | Other Religion | Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Bernard K Means

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Jonathan B Waybright


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Ancient Egyptian Figurines: An Investigation into Manufacture, Use, and Culture.