Conference “The Amber of Tutankhamun”

Conference “The Amber of Tutankhamun”
The Latvian National Museum of Art hosts the international scientific conference “Ancient Egypt. The Amber of Tutankhamum” on Friday, the 14th of November, to present the new “Riga 2014” exhibition at the Art Museum Riga Bourse. Experts from Egypt, France, Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia will participate in the conference.

The conference will take place in the Conference Hall of the Art Museum Riga Bourse, and you have opportunity to watch the conference live on our portal from 12 noon.

Exhibition “The Amber of Tutankhamun” at the Art Museum highlights the international dimension of the “Amber Vein” thematic line of “Riga 2014” Programme that goes back through the centuries to Ancient Egypt. It pays homage to the legend about a small piece of Baltic amber found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, on the pharaoh’s chest. Some Baltic experts believe that it may be amber from the shores of the Baltic Sea that became a symbol of the Sun god Ra in Ancient Egypt, and was meant to protect the body of the pharaoh.

For implementation of the project, the Latvian National Museum of Art collaborated with museums in other Baltic countries, Poland, Egypt, France and Italy. The final result is an extraordinary exhibition that occupies two floors at Riga Bourse, two books – the exhibition catalogue and a catalogue of the Ancient Egyptian art collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art, prepared in collaboration with leading researchers from the Ancient Egypt Department of the Louvre.

In order to emphasise the role of intercultural dialogue and preservation of cultural heritage, the organisers of the exhibition present the public unique opportunity to learn more about the various Egyptology aspects as seen by the leading Egyptologists of today. A special guest at the conference will be Professor Dr. M. A. Nur El-Din, the Head of the Archaeology and Tourism Faculty at the Misr University for Science and Technology in Cairo, who will inform the participants in the conference about the collections of Ancient Egyptian antiquities at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Three speakers will talk about the collections of Latvian, Lithuanian and Swedish museums, how the collections were created, and researcher work done by the museums. Carolina Johanson from the Museum of World Culture in Sweden, Dr. Aldona Snitkuvienė from the Čiurlionis National Museum of Art in Lithuania, and Baiba Uburģe from the Latvian National Museum of Art will inform about the development and traditions of Egyptology in the Baltic and Nordic countries, and comment on the surprising diversity of items in the three museums’ collections.

One object at the exhibition is likely to generate particular interest – a sculpture of Meryre (New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, Thutmose IV period) that is part of the LNMA collection. Lectures by the French Egyptologist, Professor Alain Zivie and University of Latvia Professor, geologist Valdis Segliņš will focus on two aspects of this historic artefact – materials used in creating the sculpture, and identity of the sculpture.

The conference is open for all members of the public to attend, no prior registration is necessary.
Admission is free of charge, the conference will proceed in Latvian and English, with simultaneous translation.

Programme of the conference:

11:30 a.m. – 12 noon    Registration of participants
12 noon – 12:20 p.m.    Ancient Egyptian Treasures in the Egyptian Museum

Prof. Dr. M. A. Nur El-Din
Head of the Archaeology and Tourism Faculty
Misr University for Science and Technology in Cairo, Egypt

12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.    The Identity of Riga Meryre

Prof. Alain Zivie, Egyptologist
Head of the French archaeological mission in Bubasteion, France

1 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.    Examination of Stone Used to Create the Sculpture of Meryre

Prof. Valdis Segliņš, geologist
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Lunch break

2:40 p.m. – 3 p.m.    Robert Gayer-Anderson’s Collection and the Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm

Carolina Johanson
Curator of Egyptian collection at the Museum of World Culture
Stockholm, Sweden

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.    History of Egyptian Collection at Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

Dr. Aldona Snitkuvienė
Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania

3:40 p.m. – 4 p.m.    History and Study of Ancient Egypt Collection at the Latvian National Museum of Art

Baiba Uburģe, Curator of decorative and applied arts collection

Foreign Art Department
Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

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