Tuesday, September 6, 2016

[Geology2] Lecture on Lapis in Ancient Egypt Saturday Sept 10th 1:30pm Bowers Museum


From Mary Stambaugh on LA-ROCKS:
Lapis Lazuli: Ancient Egypt's "Splendid and Costly Stone"
Dr. Diana Craig-Patch, MET Museum, NYC
Lecture Saturday September 10, 2016 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free for ARCE-OC and Bowers Members.
$12 for Non-ARCE-OC and Non-Bowers Members.

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana - Norma Kershaw AuditoriumView map
Parking is $6, refundable with validation from Tangata Restaurant.
"In pharaonic times, it was said that this brilliant deep blue stone could impart knowledge, and the wisdom to use it. The Romans believed it to be a powerful aphrodisiac, while other civilizations claimed it could dispel melancholy and depression. It was even believed that the stone could cure a recurring fever. Some modern cultures believe it helps the owner find enlightenment and truth.

Whatever belief system surrounds lapis lazuli, this nature's gorgeous manifestation was first mined in the hills of Afghanistan and traded over 3,000 miles into Egypt. The mystical gemstone was highly desirable to the ancient Egyptians for the symbolism its color epitomized. They called it "a costly precious stone from the God's Land." During the past 40 years, Dr. Patch has excavated in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and the US. She will share the evolution of lapis lazuli's use in ancient Egypt and how the stone's importance affected the objects made from its rare deep richness."
The Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge of the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Patch has worked for the museum in various roles since 1991, and in 2013, became the head of the department. Her curated contributions include "Dawn of Egyptian Art", "Cleopatra's Needle", and a gallery highlighting ancient Egyptian tomb paintings.

Dr. Patch received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. As Project Co-Director for the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, she researched their collection, and developed and installed their permanent Egyptian display with her co-director.

She is widely published on the Predynastic and Early Dynastic art and archaeology, Middle Kingdom and early Eighteenth Dynasty jewelry.



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