The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

Two small mummies in the Egyptian collection of the Vatican Museums have intrigued scholars for decades. Often referred to as "pseudo-mummies" or "miniature mummies," these cylindrical bundles—wrapped in linen bandages, painted with human portraits and covered in a uniform brownish substance—were believed to be ancient and to contain the remains of either small children or animals. Alessia Amenta, curator of the Egyptian department and director of the Vatican Mummy Project, shares recent scientific analysis conducted by the museum's diagnostic laboratory for conservation, revealing a new interpretation of these curious objects, and discusses the ongoing process to catalogue, study, and restore the Vatican's entire collection of human and animal mummies.

About Alessia Amenta
Alessia Amenta is curator of the Egyptian department at the Vatican Museums. She obtained her doctoral degree in Egyptology from the Sapienza University of Rome, and also studied at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Institute of Egyptology in Heidelberg, at the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, and the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford. Having participated in numerous archaeological excavations in Italy and at Western Thebes in Egypt, she now serves as director of the Vatican Coffin Project, where she leads an international research team in the study of Egyptian polychrome coffins, as well as the Vatican Mummy Project, a multidisciplinary endeavor to study and conserve the human and animal mummies in the Vatican Museums.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.