Paddle Dolls in Ancient Egypt: Gaudy or Godly?

An Online Talk by Megan Clark, University of Liverpool

Paddle Dolls are wooden figurines excavated from ancient Egyptian tombs that have a very distinct set of decorations and styles. These figurines are only seen within a few hundred years of Egyptian history and appear to show artistic autonomy and personal preferences of either their creator or eventual owner.

In this online talk, Megan will be discussing what makes a paddle doll so unique, the controversies that surround them, as well as the three paddle dolls in The Atkinson’s own collection which are able to highlight the way in which they would have first been created.

Booking is required before 4pm on Wednesday 6 January. The talks will be presented using Zoom. You will receive an email invitation to join a Zoom meeting.


Joining a Zoom meeting is quick and easy!

You will receive an email invitation to join a Zoom meeting. Open your email invitation and click the ‘join Zoom meeting’ link. You will then be prompted to either ‘download & run Zoom’ or ‘launch from your browser’. If the host has not yet started the meeting, a message will appear and you will be ‘let in’ when the host starts the meeting. If the host has already started the meeting you will automatically join the group. You are not required to have/turn on your own video and audio, unless you wish to do so. The Atkinson is unable to offer technical support to participants.