While tattooing is increasingly popular today, it is rarely discussed in the past. This is particularly true in ancient Egypt, where almost no mummies have been found tattooed until recently. In this talk, Dr. Anne Austin discusses her recent discovery of an Egyptian mummy with over thirty separate, figural tattoos placed along her arms, neck, and shoulders. The religious symbolism of these tattoos—including sacred cows, snakes, and hieroglyphs—reveal this woman to be an important religious leader to her community. This mummy therefore not only helps us understand the ancient practice of tattooing, but also the potential roles of women in religious worship in ancient Egypt.
Thursday, April 4 at 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Millennium Student Center and Student Services (MSC), Century Room C
1 University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63121-4400