Tara Prakash

Assistant Professor of Ancient Art

Address: Harbor Walk West, Room 311
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 current book project is the first comprehensive study on the prisoner statues, a unique series of Egyptian statues that depict kneeling bound foreigners. Before coming to CofC, Prof. 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 290 Special Topics: Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture


Selected publications:

“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): forthcoming.

“Depictions of Defeated Foreigners in the Late Old Kingdom Pyramid Complex: A Mythological Interpretation.” In OKAA 7: Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology International Conference, Egyptian & Egyptological Documents, Archives, Libraries 6 (2017), edited by Patrizia Piacentini, 454-465. Milan: Pontremoli Editore, 2019. 

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

“The Prisoner Statue ‘Fragments’ in Milano.” Egyptian & Egyptological Documents, Archives, Libraries 5 (2015/2016): 17-27. 

“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.