Ancient Art Council Lecture: Deciphering Demons: Underworld Figures in Egypt and Etruria
Weighing of the heart from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer. Egyptian, Thebes, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, ca. 1275 BC, Papyrus. British Museum, London
The Egyptians and Etruscans are distinctly different cultures, yet their funerary traditions share common features. This can be best analyzed through tomb paintings and mortuary and magical items prepared for the deceased’s journey to the netherworld. This webinar will explore the fascinating parallels of the Egyptian and Etruscan depiction of “demons” in tomb chambers and on sarcophagi. It will examine how the visual program of funerary art negotiated demonic iconography in similar and distinct ways.
Speakers: Dr. Rita Lucarelli, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies, and Faculty Curator of Egyptology, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and Dr. Lisa Pieraccini, Adjunct Associate Professor, History of Art, Fellow, Townsend Center for the Humanities, and Faculty Affiliate, Ancient History & Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley
This program is free and will be live streamed.