Corpus of Nubian wall paintings


The idea of the Corpus has been initially announced in 1994 by Karel Innemée as a “Handlist of Nubian Wall Paintings”. The first volume contained murals form the Central Church at Abdallah-n Irqi from the Dutch excavations during the UNESCO International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia.

The work on the Corpus was continued from 2010 by Alexandros Tsakos and Dobrochna Zielińska, under the auspices of the Union Académique International (project no. 40/A). During these years documentation works were conducted in the following institutions:

  • Storerooms:
      Sudan National Museum in Khartoum
      Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
  • Archives:
      National Museum in Warsaw
      La Sapienza – Università di Roma and Fondo Monneret de Villard in Rome
      Sudan Archaeological Research Society in London
      Griffith’s Institute, University of Oxford
      Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in  Leiden
       Szépmüvészeti  Múzeum in Budapest
      Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Currently the Corpus project has evolved into a complex “Space – text – image” project and is under preparation for the final open-access online publication.

We start publishing the data in a form of an online datatbase.