Discover how the ancient Nubian Kermans used art to reinforce political power and religious belief. The Kerma Kingdom developed over a thousand years into a complex state. Powerful kings led military expeditions into weakened Egyptian territories and curated their spoils of war to demonstrate their political clout. Elite Kermans participated in rituals of human sacrifice: some were killed to accompany the king into the afterlife; others brought along their own attendant sacrifices. Religious arts flourished at the capital city and nearby cemetery, with a focus on a pantheon of dangerous and fantastical animals.
Elizabeth Minor, PhD, visiting assistant professor, Anthropology, Wellesley College