A The Egypt Centre EventSpeaker
Dr Carolyn Graves-BrownSpeaker's Biography
Curadur, Y Ganolfan Eifftaidd, Prifysgol AbertaweFrom: Feb. 13, 2019, 7 p.m.
One of the objects in the Egypt Centre is a ring bezel from Amarna (a bezel is the decorative part of a ring). On it is displayed a scantily clad or nude lute player accompanied by a monkey. Traditionally, female musicians have been seen as lowly entertainers, and their lack of dress is said to confirm this. But, was this depiction of her really no more than an expression of Amarna ‘joie de vivre’ as has been suggested? I embark on an exploration of the social status of the female ‘party’ musician in Amarna and question if this bezel had any significance beyond its pleasing appearance.
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