Programs

New Perspectives on the Art of Mummification

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by: Jonathan Elias, Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium

Study of the Museums’ 3,000-year-old mummy known as “Hatason” has helped to revise perceptions of Egyptian burial protocols and religious belief. Hatason lived during a period when the ‘art’ of mummification was changing. Her beautiful coffin provides a rare glimpse at the contemporary artistry of Asyut, located on the west bank of the Nile between Cairo and Aswan. Her body, investigated with the collaboration of Stanford University’s Department of Radiology, contrasts greatly in date and condition with that of the later funerary priest Irethorrou, another of the Museums’ mummies scanned at Stanford in 2009.

The lecture inaugurates the opening of the exhibition, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, in Gallery 1, Legion of Honor. The exhibition is free after museum admission.

The lecture is sponsored by Elizabeth D Moyer PhD and Michael C Powanda PhD.

Cost: 

AAC members/free; General/suggested $5 donation

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.