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Dora Goldsmith will give an online workshop on ancient Egyptian unguent cones on Sunday, May 3 at 6pm CEST.

What are unguent cones and what are you going to do?

The existence, nature and material of unguent cones has been long disputed amongst Egyptologists, with some of them claiming that such cones never existed but were merely visual aids to communicate that their wearer was surrounded by a pleasant scent. Two unguent cones were recently discovered during archaeological excavations in the city of Amarna. This significant discovery now unequivocally proves that such unguent cones indeed existed. However, some questions remain. What is just a theory and what do we really have evidence for? What does the written, pictorial and archaeological evidence teach us about these enigmatic artifacts? What was the exact function of these cones?

The workshop will take three hours. In the first hour, Dora will give a lecture on the topic of unguent cones. In the second hour, she will give you a detailed insight into the ingredients and teach you how to recreate the unguent cones. In the third hour, you will be able to ask her any question you might have about unguent cones or perfumery in ancient Egypt in general.

Ticket fee: 30€
Time and Date: ‪Sunday, May 3, 2020, 6pm-9pm CEST‬ (starting at UK: ‪5pm‬; US East coast: ‪12pm‬; US West coast: ‪9am‬; Australia: ‪2am‬)
Location: Zoom

To sign up, send an e-mail to: doragold@zedat.fu-berlin.de

About Dora: She is an Egyptologist and the topic of her PhD research is the sense of smell in ancient Egypt.

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More digitally available; The Dendera volumes I-VIII are now freely available!DENDARA VOLUMES (I-VIII) ONLINE | VOLUMES DE DENDARA (I-VIII) EN LIGNE

Le temple d'Hathor à Dendara, admirablement conservé, est probablement la plus aboutie des réalisations architecturales de l'Égypte ptolémaïque et romaine. La richesse des compositions théologiques qui ornent ses murs est incomparable. Ses inscriptions hiéroglyphiques ont été éditées sous l'égide de l'Institut français d’archéologie orientale - IFAO, d'abord par É. Chassinat puis par Fr. Daumas, et enfin par S. Cauville.

Engagé pour une politique d’Open Access, l'Ifao a le plaisir de vous annoncer la mise en ligne des PDF des volumes I à VIII du "Temple de Dendara", publiés entre 1934 et 1978 :


Photographies: Gaël Pollin, @Ifao / nu_2014_04180 / nu_2017_00783


The Temple of Hathor at Dendara, admirably preserved, is probably the most accomplished architectural achievement of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. The richness of the theological compositions that adorn its walls is incomparable. Its hieroglyphic inscriptions were published under the aegis of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, first by É. Chassinat, then by Fr. Daumas, and finally by S. Cauville.

Committed to an Open Access policy, IFAO is pleased to announce the online publication of the PDFs of volumes I to VIII of "Le Temple de Dendara", published between 1934 and 1978:


Photographs :Gaël Pollin, @Ifao / nu_2014_04180 / nu_2017_00783

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