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Brooklyn Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Group Show
Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets
Curated by: Yekaterina Barbash
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052


November 19th, 2009 - June 30th, 2013
 
Right Eye from an Anthropoid Coffin. Egypt, Right Eye from an Anthropoid Coffin. Egypt,
New Kingdom or later, 1539−30 B.C.E. , Obsidian crystalline limestone, blue glass
© Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum
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Body Parts features thirty-five objects that represent individual body parts in ancient Egyptian art from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, many of which will be displayed for the first time. While traditional exhibitions of ancient art focus on reconstructing damaged works, this exhibition uses fragmentary objects to illuminate the very realistic depiction of individual body parts in canonical Egyptian sculpture. The ancient Egyptians carefully depicted each part of the human body, respecting the significance of every detail. When viewed individually these sculptures and fragments reveal ancient notions of the body, as well as details of workmanship, frequently unnoticed in more complete sculptures.


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