Research Title: Tracing Egyptian(izing) Elements in Hittite Material Culture: The Sphinx in Anatolia
Dr. Pilavcı completed her PhD at Columbia University, specializing in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Her dissertation investigated the cult practices and ritual paraphernalia of Anatolia during the Hittite period, titled “Drinking a God and Sacrificing a Drink: Agency of the Hittite Libation Vessels.” She received her BA in Political Science and History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and completed her MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean at K.U. Leuven. Having participated in numerous archaeological projects, she is the assistant director at Tarsus-Gözlükule Excavation and Research Project, Turkey. At ANAMED, she is focusing on the imagery of the sphinx in Anatolian context, investigating the significance of this traveling iconography in visual arts, as a form of attestation to contact across the eastern Mediterranean.
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