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Sunday, November 22, 2020

ARCE-NC December 13 Zoom Lecture: The Power of Images in Ancient Egypt

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a virtual lecture by
Dr. Rune Nyord, Emory University:

The Power of Images in Ancient Egypt

When: Sunday, December 13, 2020, 3 PM Pacific Time

Zoom Lecture. A registration link will be automatically sent to ARCE-NC members. Non-members may request a registration link by sending email with your name and email address to Attendance is limited, so non-members, please send any registration requests by December 10.

About the Lecture: black granite statues of the pharaoh Sesotris III, seen in right profile. From the time of the 12th dynasty, circa 1850 BC. Originally from Deir el-Bahri. EA 684, 685, 686. User:Captmondo (Own work (photo)).

Ancient Egyptian material culture is full of images, but the ways in which they were used often contradict modern intuitions about how representations work. This talk presents and discusses a number of examples that can provide clues to how the ancient Egyptians experienced and thought about images, from "portraits" idealized beyond recognition or even borrowing other peoples' features, to figurines and drawings used to affect the depicted persons for good or ill. 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Rune Nyord (Photo courtesy of the speaker)

Rune Nyord is Assistant Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Emory University. His research focuses on questions of images, personhood, and funerary religion in ancient Egypt, especially during the early second millennium BCE. He is the author of Breathing Flesh: Conceptions of the Body in the Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts (2009) and Seeing Perfection: Ancient Egyptian Images beyond Representation (2020), and he has edited and co-edited several anthologies and volumes of conference proceedings. 

About ARCE-NC:

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