First Intermediate period (Egyptian)

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Refers to the period in Egypt from about 2150 to 2018 BCE comprising the Seventh Dynasty to the Tenth Dynasty; some sources begin with the Ninth Dynasty about 2130 BCE. During the period a shift of power occurs from the city of Memphis to Heracleopolis and later to Thebes. In general the period is characterized by obscurity and anarchy resulting in the scarcity of surviving art and architecture.
First Intermediate period
Accepted term: 17-Jun-2024