Helen Whitehouse


Retired curator of Ancient Egypt and Sudan in the Ashmolean Museum 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute



Research Interests:

  • Painting and drawing in Roman Egypt
  • The post-classical reception of Egyptian antiquities
  • Drawings after the antique

Current Projects:

  • Publication of drawings on illustrated papyri from Oxyrhynchus
  • Publication of seventeenth-century drawings of Egyptian antiquities
  • Fieldwork with the Dakhleh Oasis Project at Ismant el-Kharab (ancient Kellis) 

Recent Publications:

  • Ancient Egypt and Nubia in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, 2008)
  • Egyptian blue and white: a ceramic enigma of the early 19th century, in D. Aston et al. (eds), Under the Potter's Tree. Studies on Ancient Egypt Presented to Janine Bourriau on the Occasion of her 70th Birthday (Leuven, 2011), 1001-13
  • Vine and acanthus: decorative themes in the wall-paintings of Kellis, in R.S. Bagnall, P. Davoli and C.A. Hope (eds), The Oasis Papers 6. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the Dakhleh Oasis Project (DOP Monograph 15; Oxbow, Oxford 2012), 381–90
  • The fish-offerer in Florence, in E. Frood and A. McDonald (eds), Decorum and Experience. Essays in Ancient Culture for John Baines (Griffith Institute, Oxford 2013), 180-184
  •  - with B. Gehad, M. Wuttmann†, M. Foad, S. Marchand, Wall-paintings in a Roman house at ancient Kysis, Kharga Oasis, Bulletin de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale 113 (2013), 157–80

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