Haremhab As A Scribe Of The King. Essay

1097 WordsMay 3, 20085 Pages
The flabby skinned and slouchy depiction of Haremhab as a Scribe of the King has more than what meets the eye. Thru this simple figure is the tale of Egypt’s history that is as rich as the Nile itself. The various symbols and figures of the sculpture all represent certain significances in ancient Egyptian culture, tradition, and customs. During my research, I hope to gain insight on the importance of Haremhab as a Scribe of the King back in ancient Egyptian times, and what significance the sculpture holds as a work of art. My research will conclude with a primary analysis from my own investigation of the art work which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Various texts have different variations for the name, but Harmhab , Hor-em-heb , and Haremhab are all one and the same; generalissimo and royal scribe to Tutankhamun , and the pharaoh whose power is often debated as either being the last of the Eighteenth Dynasty, or the first of the Nineteenth Dynasty . Born around 1395 B.C. from an average household, Haremhab entered the army as a royal scribe . Haremhab’s decision to enter the military with a background as a scribe is in part to the old scribes’ depiction of a learned man; that if one becomes a scribe one is the leader of men and the director of all other men’s work, and that learning is above work and drives the working man like its donkey . During Tutankhamen’s reign Haremhab was appointed the General of the Army and from this point on things got a bit confusing. No one is certain when Haremhab attained the throne as pharaoh. Many accredit Ay, pharaoh after Tutankhamen as the one who appointed Haremhab to the throne, but the relationship between Ay and Haremhab we know absolutely nothing of . Despite the confusion in Haremhab’s throne situation, Haremhab as a Scribe of the King is accredited to be made before he became king

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