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ARCE-PA Presents:

The Fly: A Powerful Icon in Ancient Egypt 

Saturday, October 10, 2015 
3:30 PM
Penn Museum, Room 328

Dr. Regine Schulz 
Director, Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim, Germany and 
  Associate Professor of Egyptology, Munich University

Flies are not the most popular creatures in our modern world. They are annoying, carry diseases and generally are not well-liked. The ancient Egyptians must also have experienced these annoyances, but they took a different and astonishing approach to the problem. Representations of flies are common as amulets in ancient Egypt and the Sudan, and are well known beginning in the Prehistoric Period. Besides three-dimensional fly pendants, there are also fly icons and motifs, on the bottom of scarabs for example,  and even a unique fly-shaped vessel. 

In the New Kingdom small golden flies were used as part of jewelry and large ones, for a short period, as a kind of award for honorable persons. In addition, fly-pendants exist, which have a human, falcon, or lion head.

What is the reason for such representations and how could an unpleasant creature become so popular? Dr. Schulz will discuss this question and demonstrate the wide-ranging meanings of the fly icon.

Prof. Dr. Regine Schulz

Dr. Regine Schulz is the Director of the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, Germany and Associate Professor of Egyptology at Munich University, where she has taught for over 30 years. In addition, she is involved in the excavations in Pi-ramesse  (Qantir) and, with Munich and Cairo University, in a research project in Tuna el-Gebel. 

Before she became Director in Hildesheim, she was curator of ancient art and chief-curator at the Walters Art Museum and an affiliate professor at Johns Hopkins University for ten years. She is a well-known Egyptologist and art historian and has published many books, articles and exhibition catalogues, on subjects including ancient Egyptian block statue (1992), scarabs (2007) and cosmogony (2014).

*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). 

International Archaeology Day
October 17, 2015

Stop by Our Table at the Penn Museum's International Archaeology Day on October 17 from 11 AM - 4 PM.


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