Series of lectures by the Musée du Louvre / Louvre Lectures / Egyptian funeral attendants—magical pledges of food offerings to the dead

To commemorate the opening of the Eighth presentation of Louvre - DNP Museum Lab, Jean-Luc Bovot, researcher at the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the Musée du Louvre, will share with us in a different angle, the view of life and death of Egyptians, the background concept of the presentation, "the funerary offerings".

The exhibits in this Museum Lab presentation illustrate the theme of everlasting offerings as perceived by the Ancient Egyptians. To ensure a perpetual food supply to the deceased, they developed the specific notion of funerary attendant. Toward the end of the Middle Kingdom, one or more statuettes, shabtis or later ushabtis, were incorporated into the grave goods. Their sole mission was to act as substitutes for the deceased, whom they magically embodied, whenever a chore was imposed upon him or her in the afterlife. Over two millennia thousands of such attendants were placed in tombs. The 5000 figurines in the Musée du Louvre illustrate the formal diversity generated by this practice and enable an analytical approach to this singular concept.

(French-Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

Practical information
Date and time October 8 (Sat.), 2011, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Nishi Gotanda, 3-5-20, DNP-Gotanda Building, RDC
・to 6 minutes walk from Gotanda station.
Yamanote line (JR) / Asakusa line (Toei) / Ikegami line (Tokyu)
・to 7 minutes walk from Meguro station
Yamanote line (JR), Nanboku line
 * No parking is available; please do not come by car.
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Number of participants limited to 100
Admission free

Speaker : Jean-Luc Bovot
Research officer at the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the Musée du Louvre, J.-L. Bovot, an archeologist by training and professor at the École du Louvre, has participated in various field projects in Egypt. He is a contributor to the periodical Égypte. Afrique & Orient and was curator of the following exhibitions: L’Égypte, une Description (Ajaccio, 1998); Chaouabtis. Des travailleurs pharaoniques pour l’éternité (Louvre, 2003); Éternelle Égypte (Taiwan, 2004). He published the first volume of the Louvre’s catalogue raisonné, Les serviteurs funéraires royaux et princiers de l’ancienne Égypte, and is currently working on the second volume.

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