Description: The exhibition of over 100 works of art and artifacts includes a wide variety of textiles, and examples of craftwork in leather, metal, glass, jewelry, felt, stone and clay. Textiles span a range of uses, including camel bags, pillows, curtains, fans, hats, shoes and window hangings. Metal wares cover a gamut from silver and brass vessels, jewelry, and braziers to drinking and cooking vessels and inlaid trays. Wooden objects include antique wood lattice windows from Egypt (mushrabbiya). The exhibition features works of art drawn from the Gray Henry collection, whose family has had a presence in Egypt since 1925.
Description: Hazel Dodge, Louis Claude Purser Associate Professor in Classical Archaeology and Programme Co-Ordinator of Ancient and Medieval History and Culture in the Department of Classics, School of Humanitities and Histories at Trinity College, Dublin will present "Symbols of Victory and Colours of Power: Egyptian Stones for the City of Rome." Egypt, both the land and the culture, fascinated
the Romans and once conquered furnished them
with a whole array of resources, including stones
for building and sculpture. The quarrying and
use of stone had a very long tradition in Egypt,
involving the transport of blocks 50-60 tons in
weight over hundreds of miles. Red granite for the
obelisks, such a characteristic type of Egyptian
monument, was quarried by the pharaohs at
Aswan in Southern Egypt. Obelisks were set up
at sites all along the Nile valley, at Luxor, Karnak
and Heliopolis. After the Roman conquest of
Egypt, obelisks were the first large-scale physical
pieces of Egypt to be transported to the imperial
capital, where they were erected both as victory
monuments and symbols of imperial ideology.
Other stones shared in this ideology, in particular
two stones which the Romans quarried in the
Eastern Desert of Egypt the grey granite from
Mons Claudianus and the purple porphyry Mons
Porphyrites. This lecture will examine both the
evidence from the quarries in Egypt and the
effects of this phenomenon on the city of Rome.
It will also examine the legacy of this practice in
more recent times.