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15376New Exhibit at the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago

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  • fdscalf
    Apr 14, 2014
      New Exhibit at the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago
      In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East
      Through January 4, 2015

      This show explores how the living and dead interacted to commemorate ancestors in the ancient Middle East. More than fifty artifacts document how food and drink were offered on regular occasions to nourish the dead in the afterlife and how two or three-dimensional effigies preserved the memory of the deceased. The exhibit was motivated by the 2008 discovery of a stele by University of Chicago archaeologists in eastern Turkey. The monument, dating to about 735 BC, belonged to an official named Katumuwa, and the lengthy text on it revealed that in that region, the soul of the deceased was thought to actually dwell in the stele and that the spirit needed to be cared for by the living. The artifacts in the exhibit also examine commemoration of and communication with the dead and different conceptions of the soul in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Israel/Palestine. A specially commissioned video re-envisions the rituals that were enacted before the stele. The exhibit is co-curated by Virginia R. Herrmann and David Schloen. A free symposium will be held on Sunday, May 4.

      Exhibit homepage: https://oi.uchicago.edu/museum/special/remembrance/
      Watch the Video: http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/oimp/oimp37/oimp37_Remembering_Katumuwa.mp4

      Hear the Katamuwa Text in Aramaic and English: http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/oimp/oimp37/oimp37_Reading_Katumuwa.mp4

      Download the catalog: http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/oimp/oimp37.html

      (Posted by Foy Scalf, Oriental Institute, scalffd@...)