"The Tale of Two Egyptians: The Coffins of Nespawershefyt and Nakhtefmut"
Sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, the University of Memphis
and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.
Helen Strudwick,Department of Antiquities Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge (England)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Public Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Public Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Location: University Center, Iris Room, room 338
The University of Memphis Campus
The lecture and reception are FREE and Open to the Public
Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin Garage (PG-2 #3 on the parking map) or
in the Fogelman Garage (PG-1 #40).
The coffins of Nespawershefyt and Nakhtefmut are two of the highlights of the Egyptian
collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum. These two men lived in ancient Luxor about 1000
BCE and worked in the Temple of the Goad Amun at Karnak about 70 years apart.
Their burial equipment reveals two very different approaches toward preparing for
death and the afterlife. These differences are reflected in their choices of the materials
from which their coffins were constructed (old-fashioned solid wood versus thin, but
fashionable cartonnage), the costs of their burials (expensive nested wooden coffins versus a burial that
included shabtis made of sun-dried mud in a flimsy box), and the degree to which they
prepared for their burials in advance of death.
Similarly, the way the two coffins came to the museum, at the beginning and end of
the 19th century respectively, reveals a great deal about the development of Egyptology
over during that period.
Helen Strudwick is an Egyptologist in the Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum, the University
of Cambridge, England and their coordinator of exhibitions. She is also archaeological
director of the Cambridge Theban Tombs Project. She received her B.A. from the University
of Liverpool in the archeology of the eastern Mediterranean, specializing in Egyptology.
Her most recent publication is The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. In collaboration with her husband, Nigel Strudwick, she has published The Tombs of Amenhotep, Khnummose and Amenmose at Thebes, Thebes in Egypt, and Old Kingdom: New Perspectives, Egyptian Art and Archaeology 2750-2150 B.C.
For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555 and visit our website at http://www.memphis.edu/egypt.