Ceramic votive offerings for Osiris: new evidence from Umm el-Qaab – Julia Budka
Material evidence for the sacredness of the site of Abydos as burial place of the god Osiris can be found in numerous pottery vessels deposited at Umm el-Qaab.
Since 2007, the large corpus of ceramics associated with the cult of Osiris at Umm el-Qaab is being studied within a research project of the German Archaeological Institute Cairo. The pottery attests to cultic activities from the late Old Kingdom throughout all ages until Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic times. According to the ceramics, one of the heydays of the cult for Osiris at Umm el-Qaab is clearly the 25th Dynasty (744–656 BC).
Recent fieldwork resulted in a considerable increase in understanding the nature, date, size and variability of in situ pottery deposits in the surroundings of the tomb of Djer which was reinterpreted as tomb of Osiris. The ritual framework for the cult of Osiris will be discussed, including references to textual sources, architectural remains and the sacred landscape of Abydos.
Since 2015, Julia Budka is Professor in Egyptian Archaeology and Art, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München. Her specialty fields are Egyptian archaeology and ceramics; she conducts excavations in Sudan and Egypt, both at funerary and settlement sites, especially at Luxor (Thebes), Elephantine, Abydos and Sai Island.
The conference will be introduced by the curator Federica Facchetti and will be held in English.
The conference will also be broadcast via streaming on the Museum's Facebook page.
Free admission to the conference room subject to availability.