Lecture on Egyptian rituals: the Mould and the Recipes

14 December 2010

Sculpture of a priest (collection Louvre)Sculpture of a priest (collection Louvre)

Lecture by Marc Etienne, egyptologist of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. The lecture will be given in English, and is held at the occasion of the exhibition 'Egyptian magic' (16 October 2010 - 13 March 2011).

The mould and the recipes: an unusual artefact for magical rituals

In the field of Egyptian magic, it is quite rare to have objects that were effectively involved in magical rituals. The limestone mould of Musée archéologique départemental de Rouen is therefore a very interesting example of an artefact directly connected with a practical use during magical rituals. This lecture will give an analysis of the carved figures of the mould in order to show its close connection of with magical rites known by texts preserved on papyri or on the walls of Egyptian temples. The confrontation between the cast images and the instructions to use them given in these texts is very informative on the Egyptian religious beliefs and what magic meant to them. The mould itself as a magical object, and therefore a potentially dangerous artefact, is designed in accordance to these conceptions, in order to fulfil its role in the preservation of the Universe.

start: 20.00 hours (8.00 p.m.),
location: Temple Hall, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
entrance fee: €5,00; RoMeO-members free
tickets: no reservation, for sale at the cash desk of the museum at the evening of the lecture
language: English