REMINDER: "An Egyptian Priestess" Lecture is on MONDAY not Friday
- Just a reminder, since an earlier posting here did not go through:An Egyptian Priestess in Life and Death
- The priestesses called chantresses (myt) in ancient Egypt performed to perform in temple functions. During the time when Djedmaatesankh lived, these priestesses were especially numerous, an indication of the importance of the cult of Amun.
- Djedmaatesankh came from one of these Theban families. She lived around 850 BC and was buried in a beautiful cartonnage by her husband Paankhentef after elaborate mummification. Her untouched mummy went to the Royal Ontario Museum in 1910 and her secrets remained unplumbed until 1977, when she received a complete body CT scan at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 1994, more sophisticated MRI technology used by the same hosptial allowed a reconstruction of her face.
- Djedmaatesankh's beautiful coffin held just as many mysteries as her hidden body, although these puzzles were in plain sight: inexplicable additions amongst the regular iconography.
- This lecture is a series of 3 short presentations by professionals both experienced and knowledgeable in their fields, all of them very familiar with this most beautiful ROM coffin and its occupant.
About The Speaker:
- For the past two decades, Gayle Gibson is a popular teacher and instructor at the Royal Ontario Museum and has led many tours of Egypt and Sudan. She studied Egyptology at the University of Toronto and past president of The SSEA. Coffins have long been one of Gayle's special interests and she published the article "The Case of the Misplaced Cow: ROM Cartonnage 1910.10" about Djedmaatesankh in A Delta-man in Yebu: Occasional Volume of the Egyptologists' Electronic Forum No. 1
- Suzanne Onstine received her doctorate in Egyptology from the University of Toronto in 2001 for a thesis on The role of the chantress (mÊ¹yt) in ancient Egypt, now published by in British Archaeological Reports, 2005. She is currently a professor in the Dept. of History of the University of Memphis.
- Stephanie is a medical radiation technologist employed at the Hospital for Sick Children. She graduated in 1987 from the Toronto Institute of Medical Technology (now the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences). In, 1993 her work in 3-Dimensional imaging caught the eye of Dr. Peter Lewin who recruited her into the wonderful world of Egyptian Mummies. Since then, Stephanie has worked on 4 different Egyptian mummies.