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Copyright © 2017 - American Research Center in Egypt / New York
ARCE NY logo courtesy of Dr. Ogden Goelet
THURSDAY, October 19, 2017

The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY), in co-sponsorship with the Archaeology Committee of The National Arts Club, presents the following in our 2017 Winter/Spring Lecture Series in celebration of the Archaeological Institute of America’s commemoration of International Archaeology Day:

"When Animals Were Gods: Exploring the Egyptian Pantheon " 

SPEAKER: Dr. Yekaterina Barbash, Associate Curator, Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum

LOCATION:    The National Arts Club 
                            15 Gramercy Park South
                            New York, New York

TIME:                7:30 PM Lecture 8:30 PM Reception
                            FREE TO THE PUBLIC / Seating on first come basis

ABSTRACT: From domestic pets to wild beasts, the ancient Egyptians held a deep respect for animals. Having keenly observed the specific qualities of each species in their environment the Egyptians often interpreted their strength, power, speed, and fertility, as evidence of an animal’s link to divinity, possessing qualities of the deity’s character. The complex, multifaceted nature of many animals represented a kind of divine diversity. This talk will explore the ancient Egyptian animal kingdom and its links to the pantheon of Egyptian gods. We will unravel the mysteries of Thoth, Sakhmet, Anubis and other deities and review the precursors to the exotic practice of animal mummification that occurred in the later periods of Egyptian history. The talk will serve as an in-depth introduction to the new Brooklyn Museum exhibition: Soulful Creatures. Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt (Sept. 29, 2017-Jan. 21, 2018).
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Egyptologist Yekaterina Barbash joined the Brooklyn Museum in 2008. A onetime intern in the Museum’s department of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art, Barbash received a Ph.D. in ancient Egyptian history, Art, and Philology from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where she was also awarded an M.A. Her dissertation on the unpublished Hieratic mortuary papyrus of Padikakem was published in the Yale Egyptological Studies Series. She is the recipient of a B.A. from New York University. Dr. Barbash has taught ancient Egyptian art and Egyptian hieroglyphs at a variety of colleges and universities in the Tri-state area. She has been a member of the Johns Hopkins University expedition to the Mut Precinct in Karnak, Egypt, where the Brooklyn Museum also maintains an excavation. She co-curated Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt and her exhibition Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt is currently touring in the US.

Highlighting the importance of International Archaeology Day as well as this collaboration between the Archaeology Committee and ARCE/NY, Jane B. Zimmerman, the recently appointed Executive Director of the American Research Center in Egypt, will briefly address the audience.

Upcoming Egyptology Lectures in New York

•     December 1, 2017 (Friday) in co-sponsorship with ESNY at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Salima Ikrim, Visiting Professor, Yale University, Topic: “Food Fit for Pharaohs: Food and Drink in Ancient Egypt”
•     December 14, 2017 (Thursday) in co-sponsorship with ISAW at ISAW – Emily Cole, New York University, Topic: “Tricks of the Trade: Scribal Creativity in Ancient Egypt”
•     January 25, 2018 (Thursday) in co-sponsorship with ISAW at ISAW– Dr. Niv Allon, Assistant Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Topic: “My Violent King: War and Violence in Non-Royal Sources”
•     March 8, 2018 (Thursday) ISAW - Ann Macy Roth, New York University, Topic: “Dirty Pictures for a Dangerous Goddess: The Turin Erotic Papyrus”

Information regarding upcoming ARCE/NY lectures will be listed on our website at www.arceny.com and on the ARCE website at www.arce.org.