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Serdecznie zapraszamy do udziału w kolejnym Seminarium Archeologicznym IKŚIO PAN. We wtorek 26 października o godz. 14.30 Katarzyna Kapiec, asystent w IKŚIO PAN, zaprezentuje wykład pt. "The Southern Room of Amun – results of the study on its decoration and function in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari".
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Abstract: The Southern Room of Amun – results of the study on its decoration and function in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari

Wall decoration in the Southern Room of Amun in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari in Egypt will be a topic of Katarzyna Kapiec’s talk. Her full study of the wall decoration scheme of the Southern Room of Amun, and thus all the elements of the ideological message of this programme allowed her to define the function of the room. The study was focused on the divine personalities of Amun-Kamutef and Amunet, the functions of the royal ka, the analysis of the royal attire and insignia and on the specifics of the offering scenes, as well as the analysis of the function of the coronation scene placed outside the room. It should be emphasized here that an in-depth analysis of the oils and linen displayed in the room’s decoration was crucial in understanding its function. The study included also the analysis of all phases of the decoration and as well as the processes of erasures and re-carving names and figures of Hatshepsut. The research confirmed a hypothesis that this room was not only a temple storeroom, as frequently suggested by other scholars, but also a place associated with rituals of transformation, regeneration, rebirth, and rejuvenation. Defining the function of this room and placing it in the ritual topography of the Upper Courtyard complex has been a significant step towards understanding the theological notion coded in the temple of Hatshepsut as well as broadening our comprehension of the selection process of the decorative motifs in other temples of ancient Egypt.

The project was accomplished within the works of the Polish–Egyptian Archaeological and Conservation Mission in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari led by the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archeology, University of Warsaw. The study was carried out by the author partly during the doctoral studies in the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, University of Warsaw (2014 – 2018) and in the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences, thanks to the grant from the National Science Centre (NCN Preludium grant 2015/19/N/HS3/021532016) in years 2016 – 2021. Its main objectives were focused on preparing new and complete documentation and interpretation of the room of Amun, which now constitute the doctoral thesis. The results of this study are currently being prepared for publication in two volumes. The first one will be a presentation of all phases of the decoration as well as the history of works conducted in the discussed room. The second volume will focus on the decoration scheme of the Southern Room of Amun and all the elements of its ideological programme.


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