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Textiles in Ancient Egypt: a view from the New Kingdom

Chiara Spinazzi-Lucchesi

Mødedato: Torsdag 22.9 2022 kl. 19.00

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49

Textiles in Ancient Egypt: a view from the New Kingdom, v. Chiara Spinazzi-Lucchesi, Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoc at the Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen

Textiles in Ancient Egypt, as well as in other ancient societies, were used for multifold purposes: from dressing the people to furnishing the house, from religious ceremonies to wrapping and covering the bodies of the deceased.

In Pharaonic Egypt, textiles were made primarily of linen, and they still impress modern scholars with their extreme fineness and the high craftsmanship of their creators. There are no doubts that textiles and their production occupied a very important role of the Egyptian economy.

But what are the sources that we can use to understand the New Kingdom textile industry? Which objects have preserved, what can they tell us and how can we study them to learn as much as possible?

This presentation will give an overview of the available sources, archaeological and textual, that can offer a picture of the textile production in the New Kingdom. Furthermore, it will focus on a case study, Deir el-Medina, to highlight the potential of a complete approach on the topic but also the limits of the materials under study.

Textiles in Ancient Egypt: a view from the New Kingdom

Chiara Spinazzi-Lucchesi

Mødedato: Torsdag 6.10 2022 Kl. 17.30 – døren låses 17.20!

Antikmuseet på Aarhus Universitet,
Victor Albecksvej, Århus C, bygning 1414

Textiles in Ancient Egypt: a view from the New Kingdom, v. Chiara Spinazzi-Lucchesi, Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoc at the Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen

Textiles in Ancient Egypt, as well as in other ancient societies, were used for multifold purposes: from dressing the people to furnishing the house, from religious ceremonies to wrapping and covering the bodies of the deceased.

In Pharaonic Egypt, textiles were made primarily of linen, and they still impress modern scholars with their extreme fineness and the high craftsmanship of their creators. There are no doubts that textiles and their production occupied a very important role of the Egyptian economy.

But what are the sources that we can use to understand the New Kingdom textile industry? Which objects have preserved, what can they tell us and how can we study them to learn as much as possible?

This presentation will give an overview of the available sources, archaeological and textual, that can offer a picture of the textile production in the New Kingdom. Furthermore, it will focus on a case study, Deir el-Medina, to highlight the potential of a complete approach on the topic but also the limits of the materials under study.

News from the Tomb of the Sculptor Ipuy (TT 217)

Mødedato: Torsdag 3.11 2022 kl. 18.00

Lokale: 15A.0.13

 

 

 

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News from the Tomb of the Sculptor Ipuy (TT 217). A Special Insight into a Late Bronze Age Family’s Microcosmos at Deir el-Medina, v. Kathrin Gabler,

der i dette semester underviser på ToRS, Københavns Universitet, Se her: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kathrin-Gabler.

The rock-cut tomb of the sculptor Ipuy, TT 217, is located in the Western Necropolis of Deir el-Medina. Built in the first half of the reign of Ramesses II (1279–1250 BC), its chapel features polychrome wall paintings that depict various professional scenes of an exceptional nature. Therefore, TT 217 is special among the 53 decorated tombs on-site. The funerary complex has been only partially investigated and documented, especially by Norman de Garis Davies while working for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Davies 1927).

The lecture will highlight the microcosm surrounding the tomb and the family of Ipuy and show the first results after fieldwork in 2021 and 2022, with a particular focus on the documentation of over 1000 wall and statue fragments collected by Davies in the early 20th century. TT 217 will be comprehensively re-investigated, documented, contextualized and published in the next years with modern techniques and methods, as part of the mission Deir el-Médina, in cooperation with the Ifao Cairo.

Lørdagsseminar om Tutankhamon og hans grav

’First steps of tomb found.’ 4. november1922

Mødedato: Lørdag 19.11 2022 kl. 11-16

Lokale: KUA – 22.0.11 og på zoom

Kl. 11 – Lektor Emeritus Paul John Frandsen
Tutankhamons grav. Arkæologi og politik

Fundet af Tutankhamons grav for 100 år siden var et højdepunkt udforskningen af den faraoniske kultur. Men det blev også et afgørende vendepunkt i vilkårene for al fremtidig arkæologisk virke i Ægypten, og vigtigst af alt blev det begyndelsen til nedsmeltningen af det britiske verdensherredømme.

Kl. 12.15 – Frokost (medbring selv mad og drikke)

Kl. 13 – Regine Schulz, Executive Director of the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim
Thought on pictorial programs of Tut-ankh-Amun’s jewelry

Amulets and jewelry items with amulet functions were important in Ancient Egypt, not only in daily life but also for life after death. They mediate a variety of different religious aspects and functions.

Therefore, they also played an essential role in the richly equipped and well-preserved tomb of Tut-ankh-Amun. The objects placed on and at the mummy were especially important since they should protect the deceased king on his journey to and life after death in the heavenly sphere.

Kl. 14.15 – Pause

Kl. 14.45 – Tom Hardwick, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Tut-ankh-mammon: Howard Carter and the market for Egyptian art, 1920-1940.

Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in November 1922 was not just an archaeological landmark: it was also watched closely by the art market.

Carter and Carnarvon were not just excavators, but avid collectors and canny dealers in Egyptian objects at a time when their status and values were changing. Exhibitions and auctions brought Egyptian objects to eager audiences anxious for new sensations and potential profits.

One might think the tomb of Tutankhamun would be unaffected by this boom, but even excavated objects were subject to the vagaries of the market. Tutankhamun’s “wonderful things” were assessed and priced up from the moment the tomb was opened. Archival material reveals how objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb were monetized and offered for sale during Carter’s lifetime and after his death.

Tom Hardwick is a curator and Egyptologist who has curated collections and exhibitions in the UK, Egypt, and United States. He is a specialist in Egyptian art, the history of collecting, and the forgery of works of art.

Lørdagsseminar om Post-Amarna-grave

Mødedato: Lørdag 30.4 2022 kl. 11-16

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49

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Kl. 11 – Lise Manniche, mag art., PhD
Variationer over et tema. Musikalske billeder i og efter Amarnatiden

I Amarna-tidens billedkunst møder vi både tradition, nyfortolkning og radikale ændringer. Blandt mange, markante eksempler præsenteres her et enkelt: musikken som den afspejles i kunsten i de 17 turbulente år af Akhenatens regering.

I hvilket omfang overlevede kongens straksløsninger under hans umiddelbare efterfølgere i gravene i Theben og Memphis? I relief og maleri lå der et stort ansvar hos omridstegneren, som gengav det, han anså som korrekt her og nu i forhold til opgaven, men vi kan ikke forvente, at han også havde kendskab til alle detaljer i instrumenter og opførelsespraksis.

Kl. 12.15 – Frokost (medbring selv mad og drikke)

Huy

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Kl. 13 – Gabriele Pieke, Curator, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim
Finding a New Balance. Non-Royal Tombs of the Post Amarna Period in Western Thebes

The paper gives an overview on the development of non-royal funerary monuments at Thebes from the reign of Tutankhamun to Horemheb in terms of social stratum of owners, the location of the monuments in the necropolis, and the architecture of the cult chapels. The changes in tomb decoration will be illustrated by some selected chapels, which were built shortly after the Amarna period such as Parennefer/ Wennenfer, Amenhotep Huy, or Neferhotep.

These tombs exhibit iconographic programs, which rely on traditional images on the one hand but also integrate new concepts and even Amarna motifs. The concept and composition of some of these chapels appear to be strongly influenced by the Amarna period, while at the same time explicit image quotations link the tombs to their pre-Amarna neighbours at Thebes. The preserved funerary sculpture likewise attests traditional Theban forms but also certain shifts.

Kl. 14.15 – Pause

NicoStaring

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Kl. 14.45 – Nico Staring, F.R.S.-FNRS / Université de Liège
Saqqara during the post-Amarna period

The Amarna period presents an exciting episode in pharaonic history. The period spans less than two decades yet witnessed major social and religious transformations. Akhenaten, ordered the construction of a rock-cut tomb east of his new city, and the highest palace officials and administrators (the ‘elite’) followed his example. In so doing, they left the necropolises associated with the traditional foremost cities of the kingdom, Thebes and Memphis.

Soon after king Akhenaten died, his city, Akhetaten, entered a process of abandonment. The elite moved north to Memphis and built their tombs on the desert plateau west of the old city. This lecture focuses on the Memphite necropolis of Saqqara during the post-Amarna period, and explores what effects the events of the Amarna and post-Amarna period had on the cemetery’s development and tomb art.

 

Demotic Medical Papyri in Denmark

Amber Jacob

Amber Jacob

Mødedato: Torsdag 2.6 2022 Kl. 17.30 – døren låses 17.20!

Antikmuseet på Aarhus Universitet,
Victor Albecksvej, Århus C, bygning 1414

Demotic Medical Papyri in Denmark: Insights into Medical Practice in Graeco-Roman Egypt, v. Amber Jacob, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NY

This paper will present an overview of an unpublished corpus of Demotic medical texts currently being edited for publication by the author. The corpus comprises the largest collection worldwide of Egyptian medical texts from the Graeco-Roman period, deriving from the well-documented Tebtunis Temple Library in the Fayum Oasis.

The majority of this material is held in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection at the University of Copenhagen, with a smaller number of fragments in other collections. Having a known archaeological context for these texts is in itself unique amongst medical papyri from Egypt, and the corpus affords opportunities for research goals in largely unexplored avenues of ancient medicine.

For instance, Tebtunis has additionally yielded around thirteen Greek medical papyri, some of which were likely copied by the same bilingual Egyptian scribes responsible for the Demotic texts. The corpus thus provides an unprecedented opportunity for a case-study in the cross-cultural exchange of medical knowledge in antiquity. Further, the corpus reveals insights into previously unrecognized features of Egyptian medicine, including the first discovered Egyptian treatise on nephrology, the branch of medicine concerning the kidneys.

Dermatological treatises reveal a point of common concern between the Demotic and Greek texts and form connections with other papyri from the library concerning cult-hierarchy. The proctological material, however, represents a distinctly Egyptian tradition. The manuscripts also contain a trove of information on ancient pharmacy and botany. This paper will provide an overview of the main medical themes and methods of the texts while also seeking to illuminate their professional, social context and the manuscript tradition in which they were written.

Archive or not? Amarna letters in Egyptian perspective

Amarna – Central city plan

Mødedato: Onsdag 11.5 2022  kl. 19.00

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49

Archive or not? Amarna letters in Egyptian perspective, v. Jana Mynářová, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Charles University, Prague

Because of the richness of details and the very nature of the individual texts, the Amarna letters traditionally occupy a very prominent position in the discussion of relations between Egypt and its partners in the ancient Near East, especially in the second half of the second millennium BCE.

At the same time, however, these texts, written in cuneiform on clay tablets, form an integral part of the rich body of Egyptian material culture from Tell el-Amarna (ancient Akhetaten).

The aim of this lecture is to present the historical and social context in which cuneiform and Egyptian cultures interacted on Egyptian soil and what their immediate cultural and political relationship was. Based on the analysis of archaeological and written sources, the background of this largely hybrid tradition will be reconstructed.

Demotic Medical Papyri in Denmark – og sommerfest

Amber Jacob

Amber Jacob

Mødedato: Onsdag 8.6 2022 Kl. 18.00

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49
Sommerfest efter foredraget

Demotic Medical Papyri in Denmark: Insights into Medical Practice in Graeco-Roman Egypt, v. Amber Jacob, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NY

This paper will present an overview of an unpublished corpus of Demotic medical texts currently being edited for publication by the author. The corpus comprises the largest collection worldwide of Egyptian medical texts from the Graeco-Roman period, deriving from the well-documented Tebtunis Temple Library in the Fayum Oasis.

The majority of this material is held in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection at the University of Copenhagen, with a smaller number of fragments in other collections. Having a known archaeological context for these texts is in itself unique amongst medical papyri from Egypt, and the corpus affords opportunities for research goals in largely unexplored avenues of ancient medicine.

For instance, Tebtunis has additionally yielded around thirteen Greek medical papyri, some of which were likely copied by the same bilingual Egyptian scribes responsible for the Demotic texts. The corpus thus provides an unprecedented opportunity for a case-study in the cross-cultural exchange of medical knowledge in antiquity. Further, the corpus reveals insights into previously unrecognized features of Egyptian medicine, including the first discovered Egyptian treatise on nephrology, the branch of medicine concerning the kidneys.

Dermatological treatises reveal a point of common concern between the Demotic and Greek texts and form connections with other papyri from the library concerning cult-hierarchy. The proctological material, however, represents a distinctly Egyptian tradition. The manuscripts also contain a trove of information on ancient pharmacy and botany. This paper will provide an overview of the main medical themes and methods of the texts while also seeking to illuminate their professional, social context and the manuscript tradition in which they were written.

DÆS-sommerfest onsdag d. 8.6 2022 efter foredraget

 

Lørdagsseminar om Bes

Bes. Glyptoteket ÆIN 220 (foto: Anders Sune Berg)

Mødedato: Lørdag d. 25/9 2021 kl. 11-16
Lokale: KUA1 22.0.11

11.00 – Foredrag 1, v. Lise Manniche, mag art., PhD
12.15 – Frokost (medbring selv mad og drikke)
13.00 – Foredrag 2 v. Olaf Kaper, Professor of Egyptology, Leiden University
14.15 – Pause
14.45 – Foredrag 3, v. Christian E. Loeben, August Kestner Museum Hannover

I forbindelse med BES-udstillingen på Glyptoteket (30/4-31/10 2021) vil lørdagsseminaret handle om Bes. Udstillingen er blevet til i samarbejde med Allard Pierson Museet i Amsterdam og August Kestner Museet i Hannover.

I Amsterdam var Olaf Kaper gæstekurator for udstillingen, og i Hannover, hvor udstillingen rejser til efter København, er Christian E. Loeben kurator. Det er således disse to, der sammen med Lise vil fortælle den lille, grimme, kære dæmongud Bes.

Lyden af Bes v. mag.art., PhD. Lise Manniche

I de senere år er der kommet fokus på “lyde” i det gamle Ægypten, ikke bare klangen af musikinstrumenter, men lyd generelt. Dette særlige fagområde kaldes nu for “arkæoakustik” eller “soundscapes” (modsat “landscapes”). Efter at have beskæftiget mig med Bes’ udseende, hans betydning for fertilitet og fødsler, og i et vist omfang med hans musikinstrumenter er det derfor nærliggende at præsentere “Lyden af Bes” i en lidt bredere sammenhæng og med særlig fokus på hans stemme, og hvordan han brugte den.

The small gods of Ancient Egypt: examining Bes and Tutu v. Olaf Kaper, Professor of Egyptology, Leiden University

The gods of the ancient Egyptians were very many indeed, and the gods were grouped together in many different ways. Bes belongs to a class of gods that we may call “small gods”, with the use of an ancient Egyptian term. This lecture will discuss the place of Bes in the pantheon and compare him to the god Tutu, with whom Bes is sometimes depicted together.

By looking at the role of the small gods, we can understand better how the Egyptians saw their world and how they dealt with the overwhelming amount of divine beings that could help or threaten them.

Bes and Thoeris, two “small gods” in Ancient Egypt: same competence – different careers v. Christian Loeben, Museum August Kestner, Hannover

It is a remarkable phenomenon: The goddess Thoeris, Egyptian Ta-Weret (“The-Great-One”), has enjoyed adoration for the longest time in Egyptian history. However, Bes who really became Bes only as late as in Dynasty 26 (c. 600 B.C.E.) would very quickly supersede the venerable goddess as the most popular deity in the realm of Egyptian private life.

The lecture will analyse the mechanisms behind it and will finally show that the career of Bes in the later phases of Egyptian religion was not only an extraordinary one but was also exceedingly diverse.

Professional weavers and their looms in Roman Egypt

Romersk tunika

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 14/10 2021, kl. 19.00
Lokale: KUA1 22.0.11

Professional weavers and their looms in Roman Egypt, v. Maria Mossakowska-Gaubert, Post-Doc. Research Fellow, Centre for Textile Research (CTR), Københavns Universitet

In addition to agriculture, textile production was one of the most important branches of the Egyptian economy from the Pharaonic era to the medieval Arab period. The question of the different types of looms and the specialised weavers is one of the most crucial issues for understanding the evolution of textile production and its technological development in the Nile Valley.

This presentation is an attempt to re-interpret some of the evidence, mainly papyrological and iconographic, which could add new data to the study of professional weavers and their looms in Egypt in the Roman period.

This research is conducted in the framework of the group ‘Egyptian weaving Tools and Looms’ of twelve experts coming from various horizons: archaeology, experimental archaeology, textile analysis, ethnographic research and Greek papyrology The goal of the project is to write a collective article on tools and looms in Egypt from the Ptolemaic to the early Arab period.

The group has been created in 2020 to continue our collective research started in 2017 with the workshop Egyptian Textiles and their Production: ‘Word’ and ‘Object’ (for the publication, see: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/egyptextiles/), organised as part of the MONTEX project under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no MSCA 701479, hosted by Saxo-Institute: CTR.

El-Reis: Co-curated exhibitions

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 25/11 2021 Kl. 17.30  – NY TID!!!!

Lokale: KUA1 15a.0.13

El-Reis: Co-curated exhibitions as means of connecting to heritage, v. Wesam Mohamed, PhD-studerende Aarhus Universitet

Efter foredraget vil vi se livestreaming af åbningen af sfinxalleen mellem Luxor og Karnak – Opetfesten genskabt.

Since the 19th century and until today, Egyptian local workmen proved to be very central to the success of all archaeological work, inside both sites and museums.

However, their work has been unrecognized for a long time and their history was kept in the shadow of other big names. El-Reis, is a co-curated exhibition which was recently organized in Luxor to introduce the Egyptian workmen as mediator between archaeology and the locals, to foster community engagement with archaeology, and to promote ownership and inclusiveness. More than 500 images were displayed at the exhibition, in addition to a variety of personal possessions. Most of which were brought to us by the workmen.

The exhibition focused on the use of exhibitions as ‘laboratories’ to locate and refine best practice in community engagement, with the aim of facilitating sustainable protection of heritage into the future. It gives understanding to multiple perspectives through the participation of the workmen, and the debates around identity, post-colonialism, the protection of antiquities, as well as contributing theoretical understanding of the value of heritage.

This talk will discuss means of community engagement to heritage through the work of the local workmen in archaeology, and how one exhibition could provide a rich platform of invaluable discussions.

El-Reis: Co-curated exhibitions

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 2/12 2021 kl. 17.20 – døren låses!

Antikmuseet på Aarhus Universitet,
Victor Albecksvej, Århus C, bygning 1414

El-Reis: Co-curated exhibitions as means of connecting to heritage, v. Wesam Mohamed, PhD-studerende Aarhus Universitet
Since the 19th century and until today, Egyptian local workmen proved to be very central to the success of all archaeological work, inside both sites and museums.

However, their work has been unrecognized for a long time and their history was kept in the shadow of other big names. El-Reis, is a co-curated exhibition which was recently organized in Luxor to introduce the Egyptian workmen as mediator between archaeology and the locals, to foster community engagement with archaeology, and to promote ownership and inclusiveness. More than 500 images were displayed at the exhibition, in addition to a variety of personal possessions. Most of which were brought to us by the workmen.

The exhibition focused on the use of exhibitions as ‘laboratories’ to locate and refine best practice in community engagement, with the aim of facilitating sustainable protection of heritage into the future. It gives understanding to multiple perspectives through the participation of the workmen, and the debates around identity, post-colonialism, the protection of antiquities, as well as contributing theoretical understanding of the value of heritage.

This talk will discuss means of community engagement to heritage through the work of the local workmen in archaeology, and how one exhibition could provide a rich platform of invaluable discussions.

Revisiting the treatment of the viscera: from organs to the Sons of Horus

Figures of the Four Sons of Horus found in the abdominal cavity of Nesenaset. Mud and wax. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25.3.156a–d.

Figures of the Four Sons of Horus found in the abdominal cavity of Nesenaset. Mud and wax. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 25.3.156a–d.

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 18/2 2021 kl. 18.00
Lokale: KUA1 15A.0.13

Revisiting the treatment of the viscera: from organs to the Sons of Horus, v. Solène Klein, PhD student, Oriental Studies (Egyptology), University of Oxford

As part of the wider process of mummification, the removal and treatment of the viscera is traditionally regarded as a necessary step towards the preservation of the body.

This has been the dominant understanding for the last 150 years, despite being less supported by sources than we might imagine. In fact, it has not been the focus of detailed empirical research, being instead perpetuated as an overall explanatory framework—a framework that devalues the nuances and importance of viscera-related practices in the embalming ritual.

This paper offers a reassessment of existing conceptual and material perspectives and examines the role of viscera-related practices in transforming the human body into divine body and in protecting the newly created divine entity.

A number of new insights into evisceration and viscera-related practices are discussed. Firstly, that they are transformative and protective processes – where the internal organs are transformed into the Sons of Horus and where protection is enabled through their material representation.

Secondly, that there are no fundamental changes in practices, despite material differences observed in the canopic equipment, as the Sons of Hours remain a constant through their representation in burial context, across different sites.

Building textile archaeology in the Nile Valley

Elsa Yavanez

Cotton textiles from Qasr Ibrim (©Trustees of the British Museum) and textile tools from El-Hassa and Meinarti (Sudan National Museum). (Photos: Elsa Yvanez)

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 25/3 2021 kl. 19.00
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Building textile archaeology in the Nile Valley, v. PhD Elsa Yvanez, PostDoc, Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow, Tekstilcentret, Københavns Universitet

Hundreds of years of excavations along the Nile Valley have yielded great amounts of ancient textiles from Egypt and Sudan, well preserved thanks to the arid climate. Settlement sites have shown textile fragments, archaeobotanical remains, fibres, and threads, as well as many implements used for textile manufacturing; but it is from graves that most of the material comes from.

The complex funerary rites of ancient Egypt and Sudan made great use of textile material, for wrapping human and animal remains, for offerings and for furnishing the tombs. From settlements to cemeteries, from iconography to textual sources, textiles were everywhere in the economy and society of the ancient Nile Valley.

Their omnipresence and important social role are often implied in scholarly literature, but this formidable textile material is still not studied and published to its full potential. Inspired by the current renewal of textile research in academia, new research projects are now emerging, advocating for a more inclusive and multi-disciplinary approach.

This lecture will propose a model to build textile archaeology in the Nile Valley, using material from Meroitic Sudan as a case-study (TexMeroe, Marie Skłodowska-Curie project 743420). It will then present new perspectives currently opening in the domain of Pharaonic textiles.