The World of the Coffin: Between Craft And Art

Start: Oct 12, 2013 10:30 AM
End: Oct 12, 2013 05:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G6

Ancient Egyptian coffin

A one-day conference on coffins in ancient Egypt, hosted in association with the Egypt Exploration Society, will be held at the Institute on 12 October.

The ancient Egyptian coffin is an iconic image, often used synonymously with the idea of 'Ancient Egypt'. As a finished product, the typology and evolution of coffins has been extensively studied.

This conference will examine the coffin as a product of art or craft, through examination of coffin production and workshops, as the results of material practice. The cost, material, skills and decoration techniques involved in coffin production can affect the final product at least as much as the ritual concerns of coffin manufacture and design.

One of the aims of this conference will be to investigate the role of the artists or the craftspeople inside the chaine-operatoire or circle of crafts in the production of coffins. Who commissioned coffins? Who worked on them? Are they the products of single craftspeople or multiple workers? Did different workers handle different materials and how did these various individuals inter-relate? Was there a specialist role of 'coffin-maker'? Who generated changes in iconography?  

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Gianluca Miniaci.