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ARCE/NY LECTURE, April 26, 2019

The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY) in co-sponsorship with the Egyptological Seminar of New York, presents the following in our Winter / Spring 2019 Lecture Series:​​

"Armed and Dangerous: An Icinography of Protective Ancient Egyptian Daemons"

SPEAKER: Dr. Kasia SzpakowskaAssociate professor of Egyptology at Swansea University

LOCATION: Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd St., New York


Upcoming Egyptology Lectures in New York

The May 1, 2019 lecture by Dr. Julien Cooper has been POSTPONED until Fall 2019.

May 17, 2019. ESNY Lecture. Dr. Christina Geisen. On Magical Wands, Ritual, Storytelling, and a Building Sketch: Solving the Enigma of the Late Middle Kingdom Owner of Tomb Ramesseum 5.  6:30 PM at Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

June 7, 2019. ESNY Lecture.  Dr. Faïza Drici. Around the Bow and Arrow: The Identity of the Kushite Archers. 7:00 PM at The Art Study Room, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

June 20, 2019. ARCE/NY / National Arts Club Lecture.  Prof. Ogden Goelet and Dr. Sameh Iskander Recent work at Abydos. The National Arts Club.

ABSTRACT: One of the most obvious characteristics of Middle Kingdom Egyptian iconography is the surfacing of new populations of beings, many of them creatively composite. They appear as both two and three-dimensional images on objects and as figurines themselves. Many are armed with weapons or potent religious icons, seemingly engaged in fierce warrior dances. During the New Kingdom, mundane household pieces of furniture also began to be decorated with strikingly similar imagery. However, these feature one remarkable transformation that is initially easily overlooked—the beings were depicted as wielding weapons not only with their front or primary limbs, but also on their feet or secondary limbs. This idiosyncrasy is rare not only in Egyptian art, but in the religious art of other culture. The ancient Egyptians’ goal in creating all these representations was to make visible and tangible the powerful, liminal beings who were capable of efficiently dispatching a range of anxieties, terrors, and afflictions that troubled them in their everyday life.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Kasia Szpakowska is Associate Professor of Egyptology at Swansea University, and Director of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE (The Leverhulme Trust). Her research focuses on ancient Egyptian private religious practices, dreams, gender, and the archaeology of magic. She is an avid proponent of interdisciplinary research and digital humanities, and collaborates with engineers, artists, glaciologists, and computer scientists. Currently she is investigating the role of apotropaic devices such as clay cobra figurines and images of supernatural beings as mechanisms for coping with physical and mental health afflictions, which the ancient Egyptians believed were caused by external demons. Dr. Szpakowska was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (1987), is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London), and Vice President of the Friends of the Petrie Museum of Archaeology. Her publications include Daily Life in Ancient Egypt: Reconstructing Lahun and Behind Closed Eyes: Dreams and Nightmares in Ancient Egypt. She is currently editing Demon Things: Ancient Egyptian Manifestations of Liminal Entities for the Wilkinson Egyptology Series.