Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6407

Date

2019

Date of Award

4-29-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Art History

Concentration

Ancient Egyptian Art & Culture

Committee Member

Lorelei Corcoran

Committee Member

Patricia Podzorski

Committee Member

Joshua Roberson

Abstract

The object of this study is a loop sistrum (Accession Number: 1994.4.26) in the Egyptian Collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, a musical instrument used in cultic practice from the New Kingdom to the Roman Period (1539 BCE - 646 CE). During the Summer of 2016, 3-D imaging of the object revealed a lack of definition in the details of its manufacture. This observation, combined with the object's undocumented provenience prior to its purchase by private collector, Glenn White, has called the authenticity of the instrument into question. To evaluate the object this thesis employs a stylistic comparison of the object to provienienced examples, an examination of the method of manufacture and corrosion products on the object, and testing by means of portable Xray Fluorescence (pXRF). The combined results of these analyses lead the author to a conclusion that the instrument is authentic.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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