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Of Helmets and Heretics: A Possible Egyptian Representation of Mycenaean Warriors on a Papyrus from El-Amarna

L. Schofield and R. B. Parkinson
The Annual of the British School at Athens
Vol. 89 (1994), pp. 157-170
Published by: British School at Athens
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30102567
Page Count: 16
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Of Helmets and Heretics: A Possible Egyptian Representation of Mycenaean Warriors on a Papyrus from El-Amarna
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Abstract

This paper examines the representation of soldiers on a painted papyrus from el-Amarna, recently acquired by the British Museum (EA 74100). Features include helmets and short-cropped oxhide tunics; these can be paralleled in representations from the Aegean, suggesting that the painting may show figures wearing boar's tusk helmets and Mycenaean-style tunics. This interpretation of the battle scene argues that the Egyptian iconographic repertoire included depictions of Mycenean features. This adds to the evidence for direct, rather than indirect, contacts between the two cultures. /// Στο άρϑρο εξετάζεται η παράσταση πολεμιστών σε ειϰονογραφημένο πάπυρο από την el-Amarna τον οποίο πρόσφατα απέϰτησε το Βρεταννιϰό Μουσείο (EA 74100). Τα χαραϰτηριστιϰά της περιλαμβάνουν ϰράνη ϰαι ϰοντούς δερματινούς χιτώνες, που συναντώνται σε παραστάσεις από το Αιγαίο. Συμπραίνεται ότι η ειϰόνα μπορεί να δείχνει μορφές που φορούν ϰράνη από χαυλιόδοντες αγριόχοιρου ϰαι μυϰηναϊϰούς χιτώνες. Αυτή η ερμηνεία της σϰηνής μάχης υποστηρίζει ότι η αιγυππιαϰή ειϰονογραφία περιελάμβανε απειϰονίσεις μυοηναϊϰών χαραϰτηριστιϰών, ϰαι ενισχύει τις ενδείξεις ότι υπήρχαν άμεσες μάλλον, παρά έμμεσες, επαφές ανάμεσα στους δύο πολιτισμούς.

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