Eighth Annual William J. Murnane Lecture
Co-sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and the Department of
History of the University of Memphis.
"The Mask of Tutankhamun ... Or Is It?"
Friday, November 15, 2013
Public Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Public Reception: 6:15 p.m.
Location: Fountain View Suite (room 350)
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).
Nicholas Reeves, PhD, Lila Acheson Wallace Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will discuss one of the iconic artifacts of
the ancient world, Tutankamun's gold mummy mask.
Close scrutiny of the mask — which had not been carried out since Howard Carter's
original inventory of Tutankhamun's tomb furnishings more than a decade after the
initial discovery in 1922 — revealed that, although the face itself is the boy king's,
it was attached to an earlier head and headdress. Dr. Reeves will present new information
and theories about the famous gold mask of King Tutankhamun.
Aikon at nl.wikipedia
Dr. Reeves graduated with first class honors in Ancient History from University College
London and received his PhD in Egyptology from Durham University. Before his appointment
at the Metropolitan Museum in New York city, he was a curator of Egyptian antiquities
at the British Museum, an Egyptologist consultant for the Sigmund Freud Museum, and
Egyptologist to the Seventh Earl of Carnarvon (the grandson of the patron of Howard
Carter) at Highclere Castle (the real-life setting for "Downton Abbey") in England.
Dr. Reeves is a renowned specialist in the archaeology of the Valley of the Kings,
where his Amarna Royal Tombs Project carried out four seasons of excavation between
1998 and 2002. His well-known publications include Valley of the Kings (KPI, 1990), The Complete Tutankhamun (Thames and Hudson, 1990), and (with Richard H. Wilkinson) The Complete Valley of the Kings (Thames and Hudson, 1996).
To learn more about Dr. Reeves and his work, visit his web site at www.nicholasreeves.com.
For more information about the event, contact the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
at (901) 678-2555.