Harvard Semitic Museum
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Salima Ikram, Visiting Professor, Yale University; Distinguished University Professor, Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology, The American University in Cairo
The relationship between humans and animals is complex, with mutual dependencies that are practical, psychological, and even theological. Ancient Egyptian animal mummies are a particular manifestation of this web of interrelations. Salima Ikram will discuss different types of Egyptian animal mummies and explain how and why they were made, the theological and aesthetic decisions that went into their “packaging,” and what each type meant to the ancient Egyptians. She will also illustrate how animal mummies shape perceptions of ancient Egypt and influence contemporary thought and art.
Free and open to the public. Presented by Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.