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


News from the Tomb of the Sculptor Ipuy (TT 217). A Special Insight into a Late Bronze Age Family’s Microcosms 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.

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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

Temaet for dette seminar er Tutankhamon og hans grav for at fejre, at det i november 2022 er 100 år siden, graven blev fundet.



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
Aspects of the pictorial programme on the jewellery of Tutankhamun’s mummy, v.
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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.

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