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The Edfu Connection Expert Meeting


The Edfu Connection Expert Meeting

The director of the Allard Pierson Museum, Wim Hupperetz, cordially invites you to attend an expert meeting and workshop to be held on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

The Edfu Connection
The event is the second meeting held within the framework of the international collaborative project The EDFU Connection, which highlights the collection of a single hoard of Ptolemaic sealings now held at the Allard Pierson and the Royal Ontario Museums. Short, informal talks and discussions, moderated by Dr Branko van Oppen (APM), will concern the study of Hellenistic sealings and engraved gems, as well as museum presentation techniques of miniature artefacts. Confirmed speakers include Dr Marie-Françoise Boussac (Lyon University), Drs Ben van den Bercken (Museum of Antiquities, Leiden), Dr Jörn Lang (Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Leipzig) and Joost Tangelder (Moobels 3D design). An intensive workshop on presentation techniques of small objects such as sealings, engraved gems, rings and coins will be held in the Digital Museum Lab in collaboration with MeSch and other partners.

Ptolemaic Sealings
The two halves of the hoard of Ptolemaic sealings form a unique collection of approximately 700 clay impressions – the largest find of its kind from Egypt. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the political and priestly ties in the country’s administration in this era (ca. 2nd-1st cent. BCE), centred at one of the best preserved Egyptian temples in Apollinopolis Magna (modern Edfu), south of Thebes (Luxor), dedicated to the falcon god Horus. The impressions were made in clay using signet rings to seal papyrus scrolls. The artistic quality of those that are sufficiently well preserved ranges from moderate to fine. Around the same time, ca. 1905/6, both Egyptologist F.W. von Bissing and archaeologist C.T. Currelly independently purchased some 400 sealings each from a local art dealer in Egypt, who related that he had found the hoard in a large vessel in Edfu. The two halves eventually made their way to the Royal Ontario Museum and the Allard Pierson Museum.

The expert meeting will take place on Thursday 19 January 2017 from 09:00 till 17:00 at the Allard Pierson Museum. The event will close with drinks and dinner.

Please confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience, but no later than 4 January by email to Ms M. Smit: e ! m ! smit | uva ! nl. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The EDFU Connection, an international collaborative research project, is generously sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund. Project partners include the Allard Pierson Museum (Amsterdam), the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (Copenhagen), the Museum of Archaeology and History of the University of Athens, the Museum August Kestner (Hanover), Fondation Gandur pour l’art (Geneva), Nóho - Creative know-how (Dublin), Digital Heritage Netherlands (DEN) (The Hague) and the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles).

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