RAFFMA presents lecture on the reign of ancient Egyptian King Senwosret III

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) at Cal State San Bernardino will present “High Officials Under the Reign of King Senwosret III,” a lecture by Kei Yamamoto, Egyptologist and research specialist at the University of Arizona, as part of the museum’s monthly Conversations on Art series.

The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 8, 6-8 p.m.

Senwosret III (1878-1840 B.C.) was among the most influential kings of the Twelfth Dynasty, but what do we know of the administrative officials who served under him? This presentation introduces some of the highest-ranking officials, viziers, treasurers and chief stewards who played vital roles in the successful reign of Senwosret III. The lecture incorporates results from Yamamoto’s fieldwork at Abydos and Dahshur.

Senswosret III, who served almost 500 years before the well-known King Tutankhamun, was king during the height of the Middle Kingdom, widely considered to be the height of ancient Egyptian art and culture. During his reign, Senwosret III centralized power under the pharaoh, led impressive military successes and helped usher in religious harmony in the region. Many kings of the New Kingdom emulated his reign for centuries after his death.

Yamamoto is a research specialist at the University of Arizona. He received his doctorate in Egyptology at the University of Toronto and previously worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he co-curated a major special exhibition on the Middle Kingdom period.

About RAFFMA

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The only accredited art museum in San Bernardino, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends.

The museum is open Monday – Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, noon – 8 p.m. and closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.

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