The North Carolina Museum of Art
Weinberg Lecture of Egyptology

Lecture: Sacred Creatures, Beloved Pets: Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies

Wednesday, April 16 | 6:30 pm
East Building, Museum Auditorium
Free; ticket from Box Office required. If all tickets are taken, “no-show” seats will be released five minutes after start of program. Register online or call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923.

Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology, American University in Cairo

The relationship between humans and animals has always been complex, with mutual dependencies that are practical, psychological, and even theological. Ancient Egyptian animal mummies are a particular manifestation of this complex web of interrelations. This lecture presents the different types of animal mummies (food, pets, votive offerings, and sacred creatures) and explains how and why they were made, the theological and aesthetic decisions that went into their “packaging” and what each type meant to the ancient Egyptians.

This lecture is made possible by the Gerhard L. Weinberg Endowment Fund.

Egyptian, Horus Falcon, 664–525 B.C.E., sandstone, H. 18 x W. 5 1/2 x D. 16 in., Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen


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