Monday, 12 August 2013

The World of the Coffin Conference

Coffin at the British Museum - B. Rogers

There is to be a one-day conference held at the Archaeology Lecture Theatre at university of College London on Saturday 12th October 2013.

The subject of the conference is The World of the Coffin: Between Craft And Art and it is to be hosted by The Egypt Exploration Society.

Here are some details of what looks to be a really interesting day:

Start Time: Saturday, 12th October 2013, 10:30 am
End Time: Saturday, 12th October 2013, 5:00 pm
Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G.06, UCL
Street: 31-34 Gordon Square
City/Town: London, WC1H 0PY


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 aims to 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? These questions will be addressed by a panel of experts, and we look forward to welcoming many of you to contribute to this exciting event.

This conference is a collaboration between the EES and University College London. 

For schedule, abstracts, prices of conference and how to book, visit the Egypt Exploration Society site here.

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