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Visualizing the Dead: Interpretations of Funerary Shrouds from Roman Egypt

February 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm EST

ARCE-NC Egyptology
Room 20 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by Dr. Lissette Jimenez, Lecturer in Museum Studies, San Francisco State University

Visualizing the Dead: Interpretations of Funerary Shrouds from Roman Egypt

Sunday, Febraury 10, 3 pm
Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley Campus

(Near the intersection
of Bancroft Way
and Barrow Lane)

About the Lecture:

Funerary shrouds, often overlooked or dissected into dichotomous parts because of their Hellenistic and Egyptian hybrid visual nature, provide unparalleled insight into religious and social facets of life and death in Roman Egypt. Moving beyond the aesthetic properties of these objects and focusing on the symbolic and magical functions of the imagery on the shrouds enables a fuller understanding of individual and collective social aspirations of the population. By placing the shrouds in their Egyptian contexts and by analyzing both the physical portrait of the dead and the surrounding iconography, one can comprehend how death was both physically and visually translated within an ancient multicultural context.

About the Speaker:

Lissette Jimenez is a Lecturer in Museum Studies in the School of Art at San Francisco State University and is currently the Acting Director of the Museum Studies Program. She has also served as Interim Director and Associate Curator for the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology at the Pacific School of Religion. Lissette holds a BA in Archaeology from Columbia University and a PhD from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies with an emphasis in Egyptian Art and Archaeology. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork at El-Hibeh and Amheida in Egypt, Nemea and Aidonia in Greece, and Pompeii in Italy. Her research interests include museum and curatorial studies, gender and childhood in ancient Egypt, and ancient Egyptian art and archaeology, with an emphasis on Greco-Roman Period commemorative funerary practices and material culture. Lissette is currently researching the history and provenance of the Sutro Egyptian Collection in the Global Museum at San Francisco State University.


Lectures are free to the public.

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February 10, 2019
3:00 pm EST
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Glenn Meyer


ARCE-NC Egyptology
Room 20 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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