Camilla Persi M.A.
Ancient Objects and Visual Studies (AOViS)
Institut für Archäologie
Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte Nordostafrikas
Unter den Linden 6
04/2022 – present
Dep. student representative in the doctoral program Ancient Objects and Visual Studies
10/2021 – present
DAAD Phd Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS), Ancient Objects and Visual Studies (AOViS).
09/2018 – 10/2020
MA in Art History (with a Major in Egyptology), "La Sapienza" University of Rome
09/2018 – 07/2019
Erasmus+ at the department of Egyptology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
09/2017 – 02/2018
Erasmus+ at the department of Art History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
10/2014 – 07/2018
BA in Art History (with a Major in Egyptology), "La Sapienza" University of Rome
2023 – present
Visiting Researcher, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung Berlin, "ERC Project ELEPHANTINE: Localizing 4000 Years of Cultural History. Texts and scripts from Elephantine Island in Egypt"
10/2019 – 02/2020
Archives Assistant trainee at the Vatican Museums (Gregorian Egyptian Museum)
09/2019 – 01/2020
Project Assistant at "La Sapienza" University of Rome (Archaeology Department)
04/2019 – 08/2019
Content Translator at the Szépművészeti Múzeum (Budapest), Department of Egyptian Antiquities
09/2018 – 07/2019
Assistant Curator trainee at Szépművészeti Múzeum (Budapest), Department of Egyptian Antiquities
The rise of the human-headed bird: iconographical analysis of the Ba through New Kingdom funerary art
Given its importance, the concept of the ba has always been studied in Egyptology. Nevertheless, the iconography of the ba and its visual absence throughout the Old and Middle Kingdoms, as well as the seemingly random occurrence of it at the beginning of the New Kingdom, has never been fully explained. Clarifying how it was represented throughout the Old and Middle Kingdoms still appears problematic, although notable signs exist about the origins of human-headed bird iconography. The frequency with which the ba appears in wall paintings and reliefs, stelae, small sculptures, and papyrus vignettes (and more) is undoubtedly remarkable and worthy of detailed classification and study, which is the principal intent of this research. In other words, identifying, analysing, and cataloguing, as much as possible, all the applications of the ba-bird iconography in New Kingdom funerary art. Classification of examples and description of the first part of its 'official' iconographical history is also intended to serve as a tool for investigating the origins of the image itself, as well as analysing its development over time.
Persi, C. 2023. Life and Works of Fr. Luigi Maria Ungarelli: Egyptologist and First Curator of the Gregorian Egyptian Museum
In Bouhafs, A. et al. (eds.) Current Research in Egyptology 2022 (…), Oxford: Archaeopress.