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Cocktails with the Collection

Cocktails with the Collection

May 20, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm

May 20, 5 - 6 p.m.
Cocktails with the Collection

Host: Dr. Kate Liszka, Associate Professor The Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology
Cocktails with the Collection is a monthly event, where we take attendees into the vault (virtually) and discuss objects from our collection that are not on display. The art and topics range each month but setup to be rather informal, this allows attendees to learn more about the collection at RAFFMA. 

The Dung Beetle surprisingly inspired one of the most important symbols in ancient Egypt, the scarab.  Scarabs are the ancient Egyptian symbol of creation, connected with the birth and the rebirth of the sun every morning.  This symbol was ubiquitously used in Ancient Egyptian art and jewelry, both for the living and the dead.  It diametrically occurs in contexts both vitally important to help the deceased pass judgment and enter the afterlife, as well as important to identify administrators conducting their daily tasks of letter writing and overseeing of storage.  Come, learn, and discuss this diverse and dynamic symbol of the sunrise.