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Sandra L. Orellana

Ph.D. UCLA 1976

Fax: 310-206-4723
E-mail: sorellana@csudh.edu

Mailing Address:

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
308 Charles E Young Dr. North
A210 Fowler Building/Box 951510
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

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UCLA Appointments

Professor of Anthropology, Cal State Dominguez Hills

Research Interests

Egypt and the Maya area of Chiapas and Guatemala, ethnohistory of Highlands and Pacific Coast Guatemala, ancient Maya costume, art history

Research Summary

Currently I am researching Old Kingdom female mortuary costume in Ancient Egypt. I am preparing an article on this topic based on data that I collected in tombs at Giza, Saqqara, and Abusir and in various museums in Europe and the United States. My focus is on bead-net garments which in the Old Kingdom appeared only on painted images of women in tomb chapels, tomb (ka) statues, and in actual burials of high-ranking women. Little is known about the origins, religious affiliations, or use by living women of bead-nets. I intend to discover the meaning that these funerary garments had for Egyptians living in the Old Kingdom. Additionally, I recently completed a chapter in a festschrift honoring Dr. H.B. Nicholson that is now in press. This chapter is entitled "Structure 23 at Yaxchilan: The House of Ix K'ab'al Xok," and it discusses the meaning of this building that was "owned" by a Maya queen. In the near future I plan to begin a study of her husband, Itzamnah B'ahlam (Shield Jaguar), an important Late Classic ruler of Yaxchilan.

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