College of Communication and Fine Arts Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Helen Strudwick Lecture March 5, 2014

"The Tale of Two Egyptians: The Coffins of Nespawershefyt and Nakhtefmut"

Sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, the University of Memphis and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.

HelenheadHelen Strudwick,Department of Antiquities Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge (England)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Public Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Public Reception: 6:30 p.m.

Location: University Center, Iris Room, room 338
The University of Memphis Campus


The lecture and reception are FREE and Open to the Public

Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin Garage (PG-2 #3 on the parking map) or in the Fogelman Garage (PG-1 #40).


two coffinsThe coffins of Nespawershefyt and Nakhtefmut are two of the highlights of the Egyptian collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum. These two men lived in ancient Luxor about 1000 BCE and worked in the Temple of the Goad Amun at Karnak about 70 years apart.

Their burial equipment reveals two very different approaches toward preparing for death and the afterlife. These differences are reflected in their choices of the materials from which their coffins were constructed (old-fashioned solid wood versus thin, but fashionable cartonnage), the costs of their burials (expensive nested wooden coffins versus a burial that included shabtis made of sun-dried mud in a flimsy box), and the degree to which they prepared for their burials in advance of death.

Similarly, the way the two coffins came to the museum, at the beginning and end of the 19th century respectively, reveals a great deal about the development of Egyptology over during that period.


Helen Strudwick is an Egyptologist in the Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum, the University of Cambridge, England and their coordinator of exhibitions.  She is also archaeological director of the Cambridge Theban Tombs Project. She received her B.A. from the University of Liverpool in the archeology of the eastern Mediterranean, specializing in Egyptology. Her most recent publication is The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. In collaboration with her husband, Nigel Strudwick, she has published The Tombs of Amenhotep, Khnummose and Amenmose at Thebes, Thebes in Egypt, and Old Kingdom: New Perspectives, Egyptian Art and Archaeology 2750-2150 B.C.


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