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The Edfu Connection

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The Edfu Connection

The event marks the end of the international collaborative project The Edfu Connection, which highlights the collection of a single hoard of Ptolemaic sealings now held at the Allard Pierson and the Royal Ontario Museums. The conference, moderated by Dr. Branko van Oppen (APM), will feature papers on Hellenistic sealings and archives, as well as coins and digital technology for the dissemination of related research.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Prof. Sharon Herbert (University of Michigan); other confirmed speakers include Robert S. Bianchi (Fondation Gandur pour l’Art), Stefano F. Caneva (University of Padua), Gunnar Dumke (Max Planck Institute), Catharine C. Lorber (American Numismatic Society), and Ronald Wallenfels (New York University) among others. Apart from Edfu, relevant hoards of sealings include those from Doliche, Kedesh and Uruk.

Ptolemaic Sealings


The two halves of the hoard of Ptolemaic sealings form a unique collection of approximately 800 clay impressions – the largest find of its kind from Hellenistic Egypt. They offer a fascinating glimpse into the political and priestly ties within the country’s administration in this era (ca. 2nd-1st cent. BCE), centred at one of the best preserved Egyptian temples in Apollinopolis Magna (modern Edfu), south of Thebes (Luxor), dedicated to the falcon god Horus.

The impressions were made in clay using signet rings to seal papyrus scrolls. The artistic quality of those that are sufficiently well-preserved ranges from moderate to fine. Around the same time, ca. 1905/6, both Egyptologist F. W. von Bissing and archaeologist C. T. Currelly independently purchased some 400 sealings each from a local art dealer in Egypt, who related that he had found the hoard in a large vessel in Tell Edfu. The two halves eventually made their way to the Allard Pierson Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum respectively.

The conference will take place on 23 – 24 January 2018 from 09:00 am till 5:00 pm in the Nina van Leer auditorium at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.


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