Since the Neolithic, the colour blue has been highly prized all along the Nile Valley, where its strong relation to the divine is particularly embodied by the god Amun. Blue pigments and dyes occupied a very special place in the visual landscape, where they adorned temples, palaces, statues, and people’s bodies thanks to a large repertoire of blue cloths and personal ornaments.

The workshop will focus on the powerful colour blue in ancient Egypt and Sudan, exploring the relations between different media – architecture, statuary, and costume – and different material – pigments and dyes.

We especially welcome papers on the following themes:

-Interdisciplinary research between archaeology, art history, museum conservation, and natural sciences.

-New laboratory techniques in pigment and dye identification.

-The diversity of blue objects and the use of blue on the monumental landscape.

-The use of the colour blue in body practices. The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to presentations, while the second day will propose hands-on experiments.

Practical information

Presentations: 20-25 minutes. With your permission, the presentations will be streamed online, please secure relevant permissions.

Posters welcome.

Abstracts (max. 200 words, with mention of name, affiliation and contact information) are to be sent to [email protected] by October 31st, 2019.

Free registration through Eventbrite from November 2019, details to be posted.

General information and enquiries on and [email protected]

Organisers: Dr. Elsa Yvanez, Centre for Textile Research, UCPH Dr. Cecilie Brons, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek