On Tuesday 13 Juni Prof. David Frankfurter will give a guest lecture titled ‘Female Figurines in Late Antique Egypt: Interpreting Mimesis and Efficacy’. Prof. David Frankfurter works at the Department of Religion at Boston University.
One of the most tantalizing corpora of evidence for the Christianization of Egyptian religion is the great diversity of female figurines, evidently produced in workshops all over Egypt, yet unattested or documented in any texts. Their widespread production, particularly at the great Abu Mina pilgrimage center, indicates their importance as evidence of local religious practices performed under the aegis of Christianity. Yet the figurines do not seem to have born any connection to Christian liturgy or mythology.
This lecture, part of a larger project on the local sites of Christianization, uses these figurines and their forms to reconstruct the iconographic strategies of the workshop, the ritual procedures of the client or ritual subject (at shrine or tomb), and the nature of the domestic shrine.
Admission is free but registration is necessary by sending an email to the secretariat Department Religious Studies and Theology: Secretariaat.RenT@uu.nl.
Location to be announced.
|Event:||Guest lecture on female figurines in late antique Egypt|
|Date:||13 June 2013|
|Time:||15:00 until 17:00|