Stefan Jakobielski, epighrapher and archaeologist, one of the pioneers of Nubiology, celebrates his 80th birthday this year. At the beginning of his career in the 1960s, he participated in the discovery of the cathedral in Faras and in removing its wall paintings to Khartoum and Warsaw during the UNESCO effort to save the monuments of ancient Nubia that were to be flooded following the construction of the dam in Aswan. He moved on to head his own excavation project at Old Dongola (Sudan), and focused on the study of Nubian history and art in the period of the earliest Christian kingdoms of Makuria and Nobadia.
In recent years he was working with the PCMA on a comprehensive catalog of the wall paintings from the cathedral in Faras as the main author and editor of “Pachoras (Faras). The wall paintings from the Cathedrals of Aetios, Paulos and Petros”. Other contributors to this volume include Małgorzata Martens-Czarnecka, Bożena Mierzejewska and Magdalena Łaptaś. The iconographic analyses were aided by the sharp eye and graphic talents of PCMA documentalist, Marta Momot.
The book was prepared by the publishing department of the PCMA, in cooperation with the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the National Museum in Warsaw. The publisher is the University of Warsaw Press.
Meeting: Faces of Nubia — for Stefan
Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 6–8 p.m.
Café Lorentz, National Museum in Warsaw, al. Jerozolimskie 3
Free visit to the Faras Gallery prior to the meeting (password: Faras in the ticket office).