Tara Prakash

Assistant Professor of Ancient Art

Address: Harbor Walk West, Room 305
E-mail: prakashtc@cofc.edu
Personal Website: https://cofc.academia.edu/TaraPrakash



Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Art History and Archaeology 

M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Art History and Archaeology 

B.A., Tulane University, Art History and African and African Diaspora Studies

Research Interests

Tara Prakash is a specialist of ancient Egyptian art and archaeology, and she teaches courses on ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Classical material culture. Her research focuses on issues of ethnicity and identity, foreign interactions, artistic agency, and the visualization of pain and emotion in ancient Egypt. Her recently published book is the first comprehensive study on the prisoner statues, a unique series of Egyptian statues that depict kneeling bound foreigners, and she is currently working on a book that investigates the emotions that were associated with ancient Egyptian kingship. Before coming to CofC, Dr. Prakash held postdoctoral fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Johns Hopkins University.  


Courses Taught

ARTH 101 History of Art: Prehistoric through Medieval

ARTH 210 African Art

 ARTH 212 Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture

 ARTH 213 Art and Architecture of Ancient Mesopotamia and the Near East

 ARTH 214 Ancient Greek Art

 ARTH 340 Special Topics: Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality in Ancient Egypt and Beyond



Ancient Egyptian Prisoner Statues: Fragments of the Late Old Kingdom. Material and Visual Culture of Ancient Egypt 8. Atlanta: Lockwood Press, 2022.

Selected articles:

“Bruised, Beaten, and Broken: Interpreting and Misinterpreting the Pain of Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian Art.” In Visualiser les émotions dans les textes et les images, Bibliothèque d’Étude, edited by Rania Merzeban, Marie-Lys Arnette, Dimitri Laboury, and Cédric Larcher. Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale, forthcoming.

“From Saqqara to Brussels: A Head from a Sixth Dynasty Prisoner Statue in the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire.” Chronique d’Egypte 189 (2020): 5–19.

“The Prisoner Statues in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum: From the Late Old Kingdom to Today.” Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 49 (2020): 197–221.

“Everybody Hurts: Understanding and Visualizing Pain in Ancient Egypt.” In The Expression of Emotions in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 116, edited by Jaume Llop Raduà and Shih-Wei Hsu, 103–125. Leiden: Brill, 2020.

“Reconsidering the Bound Captive Statuary from the Pyramid Complex of Raneferef.” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 54 (2018): 137–159.

“King and Coward? The Representation of the Foreign Ruler in the Battle of Kadesh Reliefs.” Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 38 (2011–2012): 141–171.