May 2017

Monday, April 16, 2012

This lecture will introduce an unusual statuette of a crouching female deity with a lion's head, from the Brooklyn Museum's collection. The animal or combined human-animal forms of numerous divinities in the ancient Egyptian pantheon reveal the significant qualities of each deity. This talk will focus on the statue, exploring the diverse roles of felines within ancient Egyptian religion.

A leonine nature was attributed to a variety of dangerous and protective goddesses, including Sakhmet and Wadjyt, with whom this statuette may be identified. However, it is also necessary to investigate the statuette's striking resemblance to the enigmatic Underworld guardian figures from late New Kingdom royal tombs and funerary papyri. Although figures such as this one fit firmly into the religious ideology and style of late New Kingdom Egypt, museum records suggest that the statuette originally contained a cat mummy which is now lost.

Consequently, the religious developments leading up to the dramatic surge in popularity of animal cults and mummification in later Egypt will also be examined in relation to this figure. This lecture will consider the role of felines in Egyptian religion throughout history, as well as the late phenomenon of animal cults and mummification. In this context we will attempt to determine the date, function and significance of this hitherto unattested and mysterious figure.

Yekaterina Barbash

Assistant Curator, Arts of Ancient Egypt, the Brooklyn Museum

Monday, June 17, 2013

The focus of this lecture will be to show examples of Floyd Chapman's work while discussing the iconography of each piece, as well as, his reconstruction methodology.

Floyd Chapman

A twenty year member of the ESS, Floyd Chapman is a digital archaeological illustrator and epigrapher, specializing in the art of the ancient world in general and the art of ancient Egypt specifically. His specialty is doing full color reconstructions of Egyptian temple and tomb scenes that have lost most or all of their original color, so that you can see how they were originally painted. He has been studying the techniques of the ancient masters for the last 22 years in order to be able to reconstruct their art.

In addition to being trained in fine arts, he was educated as a cultural anthropologist and ancient historian. He is a multimedia graphic design professor at Front Range Community College and President of the Amarna Research Foundation.