Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Titanic shabti update

For those interested in the Titanic Shabti story, I have received an interesting email from Dr Sara Orel, Professor of Art History, College of Arts and Sciences, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, USA.

She tells me she wrote an article entitled 'Titanica Aegyptiaca' on this same subject published in the Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 32 (2005, published in 2006): 131-37.

Dr Orel writes: "The crate of ancient models does not seem to have been ancient, but architectural models of ancient buildings. There are other rumors of Egyptian objects on board, of course, including the mummy's curse (which I trace to its origins in the article)."

Interesting information. I am currently trying to track down a copy of the publication. As far as I know, it is not available online.

Dr Orel's research focuses on Egyptian archaeology (burial customs, pottery, Middle Kingdom, Roman Egypt) and Southeast Asian art (Islamic architecture and traditional crafts and their translation into "tourist arts").

Read: Servant of the Deep: The mystery of the Titanic Shabti 

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