1991-92 Annual Report
W. Raymond Johnson
W. Raymond Johnson finished his dissertation, "An Asiatic Battle Scene of Tutankhamun from Thebes: A Late Amarna Antecedent of the Ramesside Battle-Narrative Tradition," received his Ph.D. degree in Egyptian Archaeology in August 1992, and was made a Research Associate of the Oriental Institute in the fall. In his capacity as Senior Artist of the Epigraphic Survey he spent the better part of the summer assisting in the production of Reliefs and Inscriptions from Luxor Temple I: The Colonnade Hall Opet Register. In addition to his Epigraphic Survey work he contributed an article to the Klaus Baer Memorial Volume, entitled "Honorific Figures of Amenhotep III in the Luxor Temple Colonnade Hall," and submitted another paper for publication, "The Deified Amenhotep III as the Living Re-Horakhty: Stylistic and Iconographic Considerations," which he had presented at the International Congress of Egyptology in Turin, Italy, last year. In the late summer he wrote a chapter for a volume of collected essays on the reign of Amenhotep III, Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign, entitled "Monuments and Monumental Art under Amenhotep III: Evolution and Meaning."
This year marks Ray's fourteenth season working in Egypt for the Oriental Institute at Chicago House. He is also preparing his doctoral thesis for publication and is expanding his study of the relationship between the deification of Amenhotep III and the Aten cult of Akhenaten. He will present a paper, "Amenhotep III at Amarna: Some New Considerations," in June at a colloquium sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is working on a study of the portraiture of the last rulers of the Eighteenth Dynasty, stimulated in part by recent discoveries in Upper Egypt that shed interesting new light on the problem. He is also continuing his study and documentation of talatat blocks of Akhenaten from Karnak that were reused by Tutankhamun and Ay (the battle blocks studied in his dissertation are part of this corpus) in collaboration with the Franco-Egyptian Center at Karnak for future publication. In any remaining spare time, he is inking the final drawings of Akhenaten's Re-Horakhty blocks at Karnak, also for the Karnak Center.