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December 18, 2018


Christian Mazet, École Pratique des Hautes Études

I am a Phd Candidate at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes / PSL University with a research entitled “Prodigieuses créatures. L’hybridité femme-animal en Méditerranée orientalisante(VIIIe -VIe s. av. J.-C.)”. With a transmediterranean dimension, this work aims to evaluate the question of the orientalization of images in the light of a case study, i.e. the female-animal hybrids (winged woman, potnia theron, sphinx, siren, gorgon and other mixanthropic beings), studying their origins, their ways of diffusion, their iconographic experiments and their meanings in various archaeological contexts. During my research, I also specialized in the more specific study of some material productions, including Greek and Etruscan pottery of preclassical period, especially Ionian, Cycladic and Laconian ; Rhodian Orientalizing Jewellery ; Etruscan bronzes of archaic and classical periods.

In parallel with my academic activity, I was from 2014 to 2018 Research Assistant at the Department of Studies and Research of the National Institute of Art History in Paris (INHA) in the field of History of Ancient Art – History of Archeology. I published in 2015 the catalogue of the Etruscan and Italic collection of Antiquities of the Musée Antoine Vivenel in Compiègne (C. Mazet, Le Muséum étrusque d’Antoine Vivenel, Milan-Compiègne, 2015). In this field, my ongoing research focus on History of collections and on the auction sales of Antiquities during the 19th century, especially on Etruscan history of archaeology.

I also take part as a member to field archaeological missions and research projects:
– Since 2017, I am part of the Amykles Research Project (The Archaeological Society at Athens) for the ongoing field excavations of the Sanctuary of Apollo in Amyklai (Sparta). In particular, I study with Adrien Delahaye the Orientalizing and Archaic pottery of the excavations from 2005 until now.
– Since 2017, in collaboration with Paulette Pelletier-Hornby, I study the Etruscan and Italic collection of the Petit Palais, Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris.

From November 2018 until June 2019, I am a Visiting Researcher at the École Française de Rome, as a Jean-Walter Zellidja Fellowship owner (Institut de France – Académie Française).

Welcome, Christian, and many thanks for joining our community!

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