Egyptology lectures at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
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Mummies of the Vatican: Genuine or Fake
Lecture by Dr. Alessia Amenta, Curator, Department of Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities, Vatican Museums.
Two small mummies in the Egyptian collection of the Vatican Museums have intrigued scholars for decades. Often referred to as "pseudo-mummies" or "miniature mummies", these cylindrical bundleswrapped in linen bandages, painted with human portraits and covered in a uniform brownish substancewere believed to be ancient and contain the remains of either small children or animals. The speaker, also director of the Vatican Mummy Project, shares recent scientific analysis, revealing a new interpretation of these curious objects.
The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: Tracking Demons in Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Papyri and Coffins
Lecture by Dr. Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
Lecture in memory of Dr. Rolf Scherman.
The ancient Egyptian netherworld was populated by embodied creatures with supernatural powers and hybrid appearance, which are conventionally called "demons" or daimones and which function, as in many other ancient and modern religions, as a sort of lesser gods, protectors or genii. In this lecture a catalogue of such creatures will be presented and discussed, on the basis of the evidence coming mainly from the mortuary papyri of the Book of the Dead and from the coffins produced during the first millennium BCE.