The Queen's College
DPhil Oriental Studies (Egyptology)
I read for a BA in Oriental Studies (Egyptology with Akkadian) at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, receiving the Gibbs Prize in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and the Arthur Lenman Senior Memorial Prize. I stayed on for an MSt in Oriental Studies as a Clarendon Scholar, training in art-historical approaches alongside specialised work on Egyptian images and texts. I am now working towards my doctorate as the Barns Student in Egyptology at The Queen's College.
My DPhil project explores the forms and construction of 'composite' images in ancient Egyptian visual culture. These include 'mixed' human-animal and multi-animal forms of deities and demons. Currently, I concentrate on the usage, distribution and significance of ophidian elements in such images, in contexts which include New Kingdom underworld books and Graeco-Roman temple reliefs. I have previously explored this topic using Predynastic ceremonial objects, Middle Kingdom magic, and early Mesopotamian glyptic.
Major goals of my research are to explain the ubiquity, rarity or ostensible non-existence of certain anatomical configurations, to situate the incorporation of animal elements within a wider set of ancient Egyptian representational strategies centred on the body, and to model and compare iconographic systems between periods and contexts of representation.
Recent Publications and/or Conferences:
Presentation. Fantastic beasts and how to view them: From concept to representation in ancient Egyptian art (Harris Manchester–Homerton Graduate Research Day, University of Cambridge, 2018)
Presentation. Intertwined, intermezzo: The serpopard in context (Egyptology Graduate Conference, Brown University, 2017)
Unpublished MSt thesis. The composite image as artistic stratagem: Exploring the construction of some 'hieracoform' composites in ancient Egyptian art (2018)
Unpublished BA dissertation. In search of the serpopard: Cultural transformations and an iconology of the fantastic (2017)