What were they? Why were they important? 

5-6pm (UK) / 6-7pm (Egypt)

Copyright M A MarazziDr Marazzi next to a block of Ramesses IV from the Festal Wall Stela that has since been restored to the wall at Karnak. Copyright M A Marazzi.

Evidence for ished tree scenes date from the reigns of Thutmosis I through that of the Roman ruler Hadrian. They appeared in both texts and images on temple walls and other monuments including obelisks, stelae, and statuary, but until recently they were not understood that well and were not collected and analysed as a unit. This presentation gives an overview of what an ished tree scene is and the function it had in ancient Egypt including a possible sequence of events for the ritual of the ished tree as well as who could see the images and read the texts.

Mary Ann Marazzi has worked with the Amenmesse Project in the Valley of the Kings since 1997, excavating tombs 10 and 63. She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in Egyptology working on ished tree scenes and the royal ritual associated with them. She runs her own publishing company providing copyediting services for such publishers as the American University in Cairo Press and has recently joined the publications committee of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities as its technical editor.

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