The Cartonnage from Kellis (Ismant al-Kharab, Dakhleh Oasis): a study in Regionalism and Craftsmanship

2019-04-05T03:22:35Z (GMT) by Carlo Rindi Nuzzolo
This research project investigates the Graeco-Roman cartonnage manufacture at Ismant al-Kharab, ancient Kellis in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, and identifies local traits and features in the decoration, as an expression of the regional tradition. It further compares the material (i.e. mummy masks, foot-cases, and full body covers) with that from neighbouring areas of the Western Desert. The adoption of innovative elements in the research enabled me to identify and isolate techniques and motifs that characterise different artisan productions at Kellis. The survey and the comparison of archaeological data with the antiquities market raised issues of cultural heritage preservation and protection by establishing that a number of tombs at Kellis were looted in recent times.