GUEST LECTURE “THE SECRETS OF MAGIC WANDS IN ANCIENT EGYPT” BY PROF. ABDEL RAHAMAN MEDHAT

Apotropaic means something the wards against evil, particularly evil demons. In ancient Egypt, demons were a constant concern, and the skill in crafting and the magical properties of apotropaic wands and knives was essential to the effectiveness of these important charms. These wands were made from ivory and incised with protective images of deities including Aker, Thoth, and Bes, pregnant hippopotamus carrying a knife (Taweret), lions, scarabs, and other protective demons throughout the Middle Kingdom Period in Egypt (19th -17th century BC). A detailed morphological study using some of the latest methods of scientific analysis of the collection of wands in the Grand Egyptian Museum has given new insights as to how these magical items were used.

Dr. Abdel Rahaman Medhat, M.SC., Ph.D. He is Archaeometrist and Painted Wood Conservator, the Grand Egyptian Museum & Egyptian Museum Conservation Specialist, member of Scientific and Technical offices at the Minister of Antiquities. 

Time: March 11, 7.00 p.m. (Tyumen, GMT+5)

Place: SAS, 8 Marta St, 2k1, room 501 (SAS & UTMN staff and students)

The lecture will be given in English.

Those interested in participating in the event via Zoom can send a request to rc.sas@utmn.ru. A link will be provided.