Boshell Lecture Series: Ancient Egyptian Sekhmet Statues and Temple of Mut

November 20, 2022, 2–3:30 p.m.
ancient Egyptian carved statue of Sekhmet, as a woman with the head of a lioness, on which was placed the solar disk.

Location: Walters’ Graham Auditorium
Registration required.

Over twenty years ago, the British Museum lent the Walters two monumental statues of the Egyptian lion-headed goddess Sekhmet. These magnificent statues, prominently placed in front of our Ancient Egyptian galleries, will soon be returning to London. Before they leave, learn about the statues’ original context in a lecture by Dr. Betsy Bryan, Alexander Badawy Emerita Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Temple of Mut at Karnak excavations (from 2000-2020), where the statues are presumed to be from.

Following this lecture, a presentation on Sekhmet statues will be delivered by Chelsea Kaufman, graduate student from the department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Afterwards we welcome you to participate in a Q&A session moderated by Lisa Anderson-Zhu, Associate Curator of Art of the Ancient Mediterranean at the Walters. Once the program has concluded, please join us for a reception in the Level 1 Lobby.

This program is one of two lectures that are generously funded each year by the Boshell Foundation.

Please note that this program will be recorded and made available on our YouTube channel at a later date.


About the Guest Speakers

Dr. Betsy Bryan, Alexander Badawy Emerita Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, is a specialist in the New Kingdom with literary and historical interests from the Old Kingdom through the Coptic era. Her research interests have several intertwined foci; the organization and production of art and its social and cultural meanings have been a consistent pursuit. Likewise Egyptian ritual, particularly its performance and material expressions, are an important area of research and relate directly to art in cultural context. Bryan’s studies on the cult of Sekhmet are particularly often cited. Her long-term field projects in the Temple of Mut in South Karnak and in the Theban Tomb (92) of the Royal Butler Suemniut on the West Bank of Luxor are derived from her specific research interests, but as all field projects do, have extended her involvement into the Second Intermediate Period, Nubian occupation in the Mut precinct, and the domestic remains of the city of Thebes between about 1700 and 1350. B.C.

Chelsea Kaufman is a PhD candidate in Egyptian art and archaeology at Johns Hopkins University. She has a background in studio art, art history, and archaeology. Her current research focuses on representations of the domestic dog in Ancient Egypt.


November 20, 2022


2–3:30 p.m.



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