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Frontier Wanderings. Church Decoration in the Aswan Region and in Lower Nubia (6th-15th century).

A case study in cultural and religious influence and exchange across a porous border in late-antique and medieval times.

The project studies the painted decoration in churches and monastic buildings in the southern part of Egypt and in Nobadia (Lower Nubia).

Up till now, investigations on wall paintings in churches and monasteries in Nobadia and in Egypt are conducted from their own perspective: The Egyptian Christian tradition and the Nubian Christian tradition.In a frontier zone such as Aswan and Nobadia, where for ages traffic of people, goods, ideas, and ideologies was part of everyday life, such a one-sided outlook clouds the image.

We look at this region from two angles, from both traditions. This is essential for understanding the cultural processes that have led to the creation of unique and distinctive programmes of church decoration in Nobadia and have introduced elements in the Aswan area that cannot be explained from an Egyptian point of view.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 665778; National Science Centre Poland, POLONEZ 3 2016/23/P/HS3/04153.