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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.

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.