Amandine Mérat

Project Curator: Islamic Galleries

Department: Middle East


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Amandine Mérat is Project Curator: Islamic Galleries in the Department of the Middle East.

She joined the Museum in 2013, having worked on temporary and permanent displays at the Musée du Louvre and the Galerie Chevalier among others. She specialises in archaeological textiles from Roman to Early Islamic Egypt and the Near East, and is preparing a PhD dissertation on ‘Embroidery in ancient Egypt, from dynastic to early Islamic times’ (École du Louvre, Paris). As Assistant keeper in the Ancient Egypt and Sudan department (August 2013 – March 2016), she completed the audit of the Late Antique and early Islamic Egyptian textiles among other projects, and has been Project Curator of the Egypt: faith after the pharaohs exhibition. In April 2016, she joined the Middle East department, as project Curator of the Albukhary Foundation gallery of the Islamic World.

Current projects

Albukhary Foundation gallery of the Islamic World

Previous projects

Egypt: faith after the pharaohs exhibition at the British Museum
(29 October 2015 – 7 February 2016)

Antinoupolis at the British Museum 

Editor, British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan

Egyptian textiles audit 

Wadi Sarga at the British Museum 

Membership of professional bodies

Textiles from the Nile Valley 

International Association for Coptic Studies 

École du Louvre 

Association de l’École du Louvre  

Association Francophone de Coptologie 

Association Française pour l’Étude du Textile 


Forthcoming 2017. 1st Millennium AD textiles at the British Museum: History and actuality of the collection of Roman, Late Antique and Early Islamic textiles of the Ancient Egypt and Sudan department, in De Moor, A., C. Fluck and P. Linsheid (eds), Textile find-spots in Egypt. Proceedings of the 9th conference of the research group ‘Textiles from the Nile Valley,’ Antwerp 27–29 November 2015.

Forthcoming 2016a. Mérat, A., A. Harrison and M. Pullan, Study, conservation and display of a rare pair of curtains from Late Antique Egypt, Newsletter Egypt and Sudan 3.

Forthcoming 2016b. Tell Edfou au Musée du Louvre: Nouvelles recherches menées sur les broderies provenant du cimetière médiéval, in Buzi, P., A. Camplani and F. Contardi (eds), Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies. Rome 17–22 September 2012, Leuven, pp. 1477-1491.

2015. Clothing and Soft Furnishings, in Fluck, C., Helmecke, G. and E. R. O’Connell (eds), Egypt: faith after the pharaohs, London, British Museum Press, pp. 214-221.

2015. Trois Jardins de Paradis conservés à l'Ifao. Annales islamologiques 48.2: 321­–42.

2015. Textiles byzantins. In J. Henon and M. Bèche-Wittmann (eds), Les collections égyptiennes du Musée Anne de Beaujeu, éditions du MAB, Moulins, 84-101.

2015. Des allégories païennes de la Terre sur les textiles dits ‘coptes :’ Nouvelle proposition d’identification d’une série de pièces d’époque byzantine. In Boud'hors, A. and C.Louis (eds), Études coptes XIII. Quinzième journée d'études (Louvain-la-Neuve, 12-14 mai 2011) (CBC 20), De Boccard, Paris, 53–66.

2015. Mérat, A. and E. Taylor, First millennium AD textiles: conservation, storage and treatment. Newsletter Egypt and Sudan 2: 24–25. Read the article

2015. Kleidung und Wohntextilien. In Fluck, C., G. Helmecke and E. R. O’Connell (eds), Ein Gott: Abrahams Erben am Nil. Juden, Christen and Muslim in Ägypten von der Antike bis zum Mittelalter, Berlin-London, 216–23.

2014 (July). New research on Medieval embroideries from Tell Edfu at the Louvre Museum. British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 21: 63–79. Read the article

2013. Entre témoignages archéologiques, déductions et hypothèses: La délicate question de la sociologie de la broderie dans l’Égypte antique. In Véron-Denise, V. and F. Cousin (eds), Les acteurs de la broderie. Qui brode quoi et pour qui, AFET 2013, 129–137.

2013. Étude technique et iconographique d’un ensemble de broderies égyptiennes antiques conservées au musée du Louvre. In De Moor, A., C. Fluck and P. Linsheid (eds), Drawing the threads together. Textiles and footwear of the 1st millenium AD from Egypt. Proceedings of the 7th conference of the research group ‘Textiles from the Nile Valley,’ Antwerp 7–9 October 2011, 126–139.

2013. Des allégories des Saisons sur les tissus coptes.' In Cahiers de l’École du Louvre: Recherches en histoire de l’art, histoire des civilisations, archéologie, anthropologie et muséologie 2. Read the article

2011. Entries. In Cavalier, O., J.-C. Goyon and L. Postel  (eds), Fastueuse Égypte, Paris, 78 no. 24, and  112­–23 nos 53–69.