The Carlos Museum announces Carlos Conversations, a series of podcasts that use works of art in the Carlos Collection to spark conversations between distinguished members of Emory’s faculty. Developed in conjunction with Antenna Audio, each podcast brings together experts from different disciplines to look at museum objects in new and unusual ways.

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Beneath the Wrappings: Conservation of the Old Kingdom Mummy

In 1921, William Arthur Shelton, a professor in Emory's Candler School of Theology, purchased an Old Kingdom mummy from the sacred site of Abydos in Middle Egypt. In storage at the Carlos Museum for over 90 years, its linen in tatters, its head in a separate box, and many bones missing or exposed, the mummy provided an extraordinary challenge for conservators Renee Stein and Mimi Leveque. This video documents their almost year-long treatment of the mummy in close consultation with curator Peter Lacovara, students and faculty at Emory University, doctors at Emory Hospital, and other consultants.

Deity of Avatars

Vishnu in his ultimate form, with all his many avatars represented, is the topic of conversation between Laurie Patton and Joyce Flueckiger, Professors in Emory's Department of Religion.

What's Love Got To Do With It?

In 2006, the Museum was able to reunite the head and body of an ancient statue of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, which had been separated for many years. Jasper Gaunt, Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Carlos, Richard Patterson of the Philosophy Department and Carlos Conservator Renee Stein, discuss the fascinating story of the first nude statue of a Greek goddess.

Seeing Shamans

Faculty Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas Rebecca Stone and Ricardo Gutiérrez-Mouat, Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, discuss shamanism and how it shaped both ancient American art and the work of contemporary Latin American writers. Renowned author Mario Vargos Llosa joins the conversation via telephone.

The Mindful Body

John Dunne and Lobsang Negi of the Department of Religion and Chuck Raison of Emory Medical School look at a 14th century Tibetan image of a Buddha in the collection, observing and commenting on its posture of meditation. They discuss the importance of meditation in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, the role of the art object as a contemplative focus, the effects of meditation in reducing stress and the implications for western medicine.

Drinking with a Siren

An ancient Greek drinking cup decorated with an image of a siren generates a conversation between Peter Bing, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics, and the Museum's Curator of Greek and Roman Art Jasper Gaunt. They discuss The Odyssey, where the sirens first appear, noting that Homer never actually describes what the sirens look like, leaving writers, painters, and even filmmakers free to interpret them as they have wished over the last 2000 years. Margaret Atwood ends the pod cast with a reading of her poem Siren Song.


No one did monsters better than the Greeks! A black-figure krater in the Carlos Collection of Ancient Art depicting the hero Odysseus escaping from the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus begins this lively discussion of monsters in the Greek world with Bonna Wescoat, Associate Professor of Art History; Louise Pratt, Associate Professor of Classics, and Marshall Duke, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Psychology.

Asen Voice Shapes

Edna Bay, Professor of African Studies and Claudette Anderson, a doctoral candidate studying the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, discuss an Asen from Ouideh in the Museum’s collection of African Art, its visual depiction of African proverbs, and the importance of words from the traditional societies of Africa to reggae DJs in Jamaica.

Die Like an Egyptian

A false door from an Old Kingdom Egyptian tomb sparks a lively conversation about death, burial, and Egyptomania in America. Peter Lacovara, Curator of Egyptian Art, Professor of Religion Gary Laderman, and Kevin Kuharic from Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery, discuss how the influence of the ancient Egyptians can be seen in the burial traditions of 19th century America.

The Shock of the New: Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and the Religious Imagination

In the second of the two new podcasts, Carlos Curator Peter Lacovara of Egyptian Art, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Emory, Shalom Goldman, and Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in Emory’s Art History Department, explore the radical changes to Egyptian religion and art brought about by the "heretic" pharaoh Akhenaten, the restoration of the traditional religion during the reign of his son, Tutankhamun, and the place that both these kings, despite their rather short reigns, hold in the popular imagination.

Vishnu on the Cosmic Ocean

Laurie Patton and Joyce Flueckiger, Professors in Emory's Deparment of Religion, discuss an 11th century sandstone sculpture of Vishnu reclining on the Cosmic Ocean between the cycles of time.

Body Modification: The Skin Within

Though piercing and tattooing may seem ultra contemporary, the collections of the Carlos Museum contain giant gold ear spools, labrets, and other objects related to the body modification practices of the ancient Americans of Meso, Central, and South America. Associate Professor of Art History and Curator of Ancient American Art Rebecca Stone discusses these objects and their meaning for the ancient people who made and wore them.

Sacred Spots

In Sacred Spots, Rebecca Stone, Associate Professor of Art History and Curator of Ancient American Art, and John Polisar, Coordinator of the Jaguar Conservation Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society, discuss the most feared and revered animal of the Americas, and its importance in the shamanic religious traditions of the ancient people of this region.

The Power of the Goddess

A sandstone image of Durga from India (c.900 CE) sparks a conversation between Laurie Patton and Joyce Flueckiger of Emory's Department of Religion, and Sasikala Penumarthi, one of the world's foremost Kuchipudi dancers. The conversation begins with a look at the sculpture itself and the story it represents — the slaying of the buffalo demon by the goddess — and moves to the Hindu concept of feminine power and ways in which the goddess is worshipped, from images in temples to dance.

Journey to the West

Host Sandy Goldberg of Antenna Audio holds an intimate conversation with Dr. Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory, in which they explore the imagery on the Museum's Coffin of Tahat scene by scene. As they hear Dr. Robins and view the detailed images on their iPod or computer, listeners will understand the ancient Egyptian conception of the coffin as a microcosm of the universe, with the deceased at the center.