Monday 28 July & Tuesday 29 July 2014, 10.00-18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Colloquium:£40, Members/concessions £30, Joint ticket (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £55, Members/concessions (Colloquium and Sackler lecture) £35, Undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK Universities) £15 for joint ticket
Ancient Egyptian coffins: craft traditions and functionality
Egyptian coffins have been the subject of much recent investigation, as newly discovered examples have come to light and many specimens in museum collections have been documented, published and discussed. These areas of study have brought significant new insights into the production of coffins and have thrown light on the often complex symbolic functions which they were meant to fulfil.
In this two-day conference, leading academic colleagues will discuss the circumstances in which coffins were made, considering workshop practices and regional variability. They will also present analyses of the coffins’ iconography and inscriptions to explain their functional role as ‘structured compositions’. This will involve considering coffins individually and also as components of larger conceptual entities, in which the mummy, the burial chamber and the tomb itself all had specific meanings. The roles played by coffins in the rituals which took place before burial will also be discussed.
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology 2014 will be held in conjunction with the colloquium, on Monday 28 July at 18.00 in the BP Lecture Theatre. The 2014 lecture will be The coffins of the lector priest Sesenebenef: a Middle Kingdom Book of the Dead? by Professor Harco Willems, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. This can be booked as part of a joint ticket price from this page. To book only for the Sackler lecture a separate event page has been set up.
A programme and abstracts will follow shortly.
Colloquium: £40, Members/concessions £30
Lecture and reception: £25, Members/concessions £20
Colloquium and lecture: £55, Members/concessions £35, undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK universities) £15
Concessions are British Museum Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, and Sudan Archaeological Research Society members. This can be booked as part of a joint ticket price from this page. To book only for the Sackler lecture a separate event page has been set up.
Please note: when booking a ticket for the Colloquium only the date 28 July will show during the booking process but any ticket purchased is for both days.
2 and a half day conference:
Thursday 9 October 2014, 14.00 - 17.00,
Friday 10 October 2014, 10.00 - 17.00, and
Saturday 11 October 2014, 10.00 - 17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£45, Members/concessions £35
Leading scholars present new findings and perspectives on China in the years 1400 to 1450.
1400 to 1450 was a period of change and consolidation for Ming dynasty China (1368–1644). This conference will look at the role of imperial and princely courts in China and how China interacted with the wider world during this important time. Over 30 international scholars will explore a wide range of topics, including art and material culture, the military and government, trade and diplomacy, beliefs and cross- cultural exchanges.
Please note, when you purchase a ticket it is for all three days of the conference.
Individual day tickets are not available.
The conference is held in conjunction with the BP exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China. Research and conference supported by BP, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Sir Percival David Foundation and the James P Geiss Foundation.
Image: © Trustees of the British Museum
Harco Willems(Catholic University, Leuven)
The coffins of the lector priest Sesenebenef: a Middle Kingdom Book of the Dead?
Monday 28 July 2014, 18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Sackler lecture and reception only £25, Members/concessions (Sackler lecture and reception only) £20, Undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK universities) £10
In the late 19th century Gautier and Jéquier discovered a remarkable late Middle Kingdom coffin in the cemeteries at Lisht. Because of its state of preservation, the coffin was only published in poorly made sketches that contain many errors. No doubt for this reason, it has never been properly studied.
Being a Middle Kingdom inscribed coffin, its texts were published as belonging to the corpus of the so-called Coffin Texts. However, on looking closer, the texts offer a rather different perpective on the afterlife. Whereas earlier Coffin Texts mostly seem to prepare the deceased for solar rebirth in the eastern horizon, Sesenebenef's coffin seems to focus on sunrise itself and the ensuing journey to the west (and subsequently to the east again). This lecture from Harco Willems (Catholic University, Leuven) will discuss the differences between earlier and later 'Text Coffins', arguing that the one of Sesenebenef, with its changed perspective from east to west, qualifies as a very early Book of the Dead.
The lecture will be followed by a reception in Room 4, the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery.
The lecture forms part of the Annual Egyptological colloquium.
Please note, to book a joint ticket for the Annual Egyptological Colloquium and Sackler lecture/reception together please visit the main Annual Egyptological Colloquium booking page where joint ticket prices are available.