At the time of Ramses the Great, magical practices for the protection of the dead and their empowerment in the Duat (the Egyptian Otherworld) were central in the ancient Egyptian society. Royal, elite, and non-elite tomb walls, coffins and other funerary artefacts were decorated with images and texts describing the daily journey of the sun god Ra, the rebirth of Osiris, the god of the dead, as well as the transfiguration of the deceased in an akh (effective spirit). By analyzing those sources as well as some of the works of art included in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition at the de Young Museum, this lecture will present an overview on the ancient Egyptian funerary religion and literature of the Ramesside period through the imagery of the Beyond originated from the creativity of theologians, priests, and scribes of the time.
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February 4, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PST)
The ancient Egyptian imagery of the Beyond in the Ramesside Period
In person (Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118) and livestream (link to come)
Presented by Dr. Rita Lucarelli Associate Professor of Egyptology, Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
Admission: Lecture is free and open to the public. It is also a hybrid event. IN PERSON: Seating is limited and unassigned. The Koret Auditorium will open its doors at 1:30 pm. LIVE STREAM: online (link to come).