Harvard Semitic Museum Presents: Collectors and Dealers - The Trade of Egyptian Antiquities

Harvard Semitic Museum Presents: Collectors and Dealers - The Trade of Egyptian Antiquities

Join Kim Ryholt, Professor of Egyptology, for a public discussion of the antiquities trade.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 6:00pm

Many of the Egyptian objects in Western museums were acquired during the heyday of the antiquities trade market in Egypt from the 1880s to 1930s. The scale of this trade was staggering, but its mechanics and networks are poorly known. In this public, illustrated lecture, Kim Ryholt, Professor of Egyptology and Director, The Papyrus Carlsberg Collection and Project, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, will discuss his most recent research on the trade’s geography, dealers, and legal issues, as well as the role that Egyptian museums and Egyptologists played in the acquisition of objects. He will also highlight how the antiquities trade and acquisition policies have played a decisive role in dictating the research agendas of Egyptologists.

Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage. From the Nile to the Euphrates: Creating the Harvard Semitic Museum, an exhibition at the Harvard Semitic Museum, will be open following the lecture until 9:00 pm.

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