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W.K Pritchett

The Pritchett Lecture 2016: Invoking the Deity through Altered Consciousness: Egyptian Communal Temple Rituals before the primary Mystery Religions

Lecture | November 7 | 8 p.m. |  Alumni House

Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University

Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

Betsy M. Bryan is the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, where she has taught since 1986. She specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, ca. 1600-1000 B.C., with a particular emphasis on the 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1300 B.C. Her research interests include the organization and techniques of art production as well as the religious and cultural significance of tomb and temple decoration. As part of this research she has studied the unfinished elite painted tomb of the royal butler Suemniwet, ca. 1420 B.C. and is publishing it as a study in painting and its social meaning in the mid-18th Dynasty. Dr. Bryan's current fieldwork is in the temple complex of the goddess Mut at South Karnak, which she divides with the Brooklyn Museum's expedition. Her research focuses on defining the earliest forms of the temple of Mut of Isheru. Retrieval and restoration of the decoration and architecture of the Hatshepsut and Thutmose III-era shrine is her present field project and is enlarged by study of the rituals represented by the early remains.

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