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Annual Holiday Lecture & Potluck Party!

December 10, 2016

Dr. Ellen Morris
Assistant Professor, Ancient Studies
Barnard College

"Middle Kingdom Clappers, Dancers, Birth Magic, 
and the Reinvention of Ritual"

Hand-shaped clappers of Middle Kingdom date appear at first glance to be little more than puns in the form of musical instruments. Uninscribed and often unprovenienced, these artifacts reveal little on their own. As this talk will endeavor to demonstrate, however, an examination of their archaeological and iconographic contexts reveals a great deal. 

This talk employs hand-shaped clappers as a lens through which to explore women’s roles in the cult of Hathor, in cosmic creation, and in the rejuvination of kings. It also sheds light on birth magic, as these instruments appear to have been wielded on occasion in lieu of snakes by performers channeling one of the monstrous protectors of the sun-god. And finally, the rediscovery of clappers, presumably by late Old and Middle Kingdom priests, tells us a great deal about the relationship of Egyptians with elements of their deep past.

Come for the lecture and stay for food, fun and networking!
Share your favorite dish with us! 

(Or, if you're not a cook, we also welcome donations to help with the party costs)

3:30 PM, Classroom 2, Penn Museum


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*** *Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (Unless otherwise stated)

*Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table (unless otherwise stated). 


Save the Date for these 2017 Events!


ARCE-PA Members Only Meet Up at the Brooklyn Museum!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Join us for a tour of the newly reinstalled Egyptian Galleries with curator, Dr. Edward Bleiberg

Keep an eye out for more info!

February 11, 2017
3:30 PM Room TBD

Dr. Jacco Dieleman
Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

"Pharaoh Alexander the Great:
The Egyptian Background of the Alexander Romance"


2017 Korysyn Lecture

March 18, 2017
3:30 PM Penn Museum

Dr. James Allen
Wilbour Professor of Egyptology, Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University

"What's New with King Tut?"


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