Amandine Mérat

Project Curator: Islamic Galleries

Department: Middle East

Contact

+44 (0)20 7323 8320
middleeast@britishmuseum.org

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, Paris, and Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin, among others. She specialises in archaeological textiles from Roman to Early Islamic Egypt and the Near East. 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 galleries of the Islamic World.

Current projects

Albukhary Foundation galleries 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 

Fieldworks

Amarna, Middle Egypt. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge - Supreme Council of Antiquities, Cairo.

Grants and scholarships

April-May 2017: Research Activity Grant from the Pasold Research Fund, University of Edinburgh.

January–March 2013: Research grant from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin State Museums.

September 2012–September 2013: Research grant from the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, Fondation de France.

April 2013: Research grant from the École du Louvre, Paris.

April 2012 : Research grant from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux and the École du Louvre, Paris.

October 2011–March 2012: Research grant from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin State Museums.

Publications

2017a. Mérat, A., New work on an old collection: 1st millennium ad Egyptian textiles in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, The British Museum. In De Moor, A., C. Fluck and P. Linsheid (eds), Excavating, analysing, reconstructing textiles of the 1st millennium Ad from Egypt and neighbouring countries, Tielt, pp. 266-283.

2017b. Mérat, A., Two embroidered roundel fragments from a child’s hood (KTN 899-02a-b). In Fluck, C. and P. Linsheid (eds), Favourite fabrics from the Katoen Natie textile collection, Tielt, pp. 103-107.

2016a. Mérat, A., 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.

2016b. 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, p. 30.

2015a. 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.

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

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

2015d. 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.

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

2015f. 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

2013a. 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.

2013b. 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.

2013c. 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.