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d’archéologie orientale - Le Caire

Conférence Ifao C. Eckmann

Conférence Ifao

Images of Royal Power: Tutankhamun’s Golden Appliqués

Christian Eckmann 

Mercredi 17 janvier 2018 à 18h à l'Ifao

Visuel Conf Ifao Eckmann

 

Abstract:

When Howard Carter in 1922 discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun (14th century B.C.), he found within the countless precious objects a group of approximately 100 exquisitely ornamented gold-sheet and leather appliqués. Their locations suggest that they were associated with the chariot and horse trappings, and are, based on parallels, parts of quivers, bow cases, blinkers and of the chariot coverings. Due to their poor state of preservation, the objects had been kept in a storage magazine of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. They had neither been restored nor scientifically examined since then.

In 2014, a joint Egyptian – German project was implemented, focusing on the archaeological, technological, scientific and iconographic analysis of these artefacts. Apart from the Conservation/Restoration, various technological examinations concerning the fragile backings of the gold sheets – which consist of different layers of leather, textile, gesso and resins – were conducted. The iconographical analysis deals with both traditional Egyptian and ‘international’ motifs depicted on the gold sheets and how they were integrated in the context of Egyptian art at the end of the 18th dynasty. The composition of the gold was examined by means of portable XRF-analysis, resulting in the identification of six different material groups, which broadly overlap with groups formed on grounds of iconographical results.

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 Christian Eckmann

Conservator spezialized on Objects Conservation of metal and glass artefacts since 1983. Conducted several projects as for example the Resoration of bronze birds discovered in the first Emperors Tomb in Xi'an/China, the Conservation of the live-sized VI. Dyn. Copper-Statues of Pepi I. Since 2013 engaged in the Restoration of Artefacts from the tomb of Tutanchhmun at the EMC in Cairo.