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Dr. Müge Durusu-Tanrıöver to give lecture at The International Association for Archaeological Research in Western & Central Asia

Author: Jane DeRose Evans

Dr. Durusu-Tanrıöver's talk, "One King to Rule Them All: Royal Singularity and Divine Plurality in Hittite Art" will be given as an online lecture organized by the ARWA Art History & Visual Studies Liaison Group.

Representations of divine figures in Hittite art were characterized by
multiplicity. Same or similar deities could be represented multiple
times in a scene —such as in Yazılıkaya—, and their multiple
incarnations (including anthropomorphic representations and statues of
their sacred animals) were evoked across the Hittite corpus. In
contrast, the figural representations of the Hittite kings were few in
number, conservative in style, and necessitated the presence of a
divine element to exist. Building on these initial propositions, in
this talk I propose that the Hittite kings deliberately mobilized a
polymorphic divine world to draw their legitimacy from, while carving
a calculated position for themselves in between the mortal and the
divine realms to make sure that legitimacy could not be contested.

Friday, Dec 2, 2022
16.00 CET (Rome, Paris, Berlin / UTC+1)
18.00 (İstanbul, Athens, Baghdad / UTC+3)
10.00 (New York / UTC-5)

Join us via Webex:

This lecture is part of a series entitled “And What about Art?
Investigating Visual Forms in the Cultural Practice of Ancient Western
Asia”, organized by Dominik Bonatz and Elisa Roßberger (both FU