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Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

Presented by Harvard Semitic Museum at Geological Lecture Hall, Cambridge MA

Sep 26 2019
Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? A Brooklyn Museum curator answers!

Public Lecture by Edward Bleiberg
Senior Curator, Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum

Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? Why were other sculpted body parts, including eyes, mouths, arms, and feet, purposely shattered in antiquity? Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that emerged following Egyptian conversion to Christianity, Edward Bleiberg will examine the patterns of damage inflicted on Egyptian images for

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Free and open to the public.

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Public Lecture by

Edward Bleiberg
Senior Curator, Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum

Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? Why were other sculpted body parts, including eyes, mouths, arms, and feet, purposely shattered in antiquity? Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that emerged following Egyptian conversion to Christianity, Edward Bleiberg will examine the patterns of damage inflicted on Egyptian images for personal, political, religious, and criminal reasons. He will also highlight how close inspection of statue damage can reveal who damaged the statue and why. 

Free and open to the public. Presented by the Harvard Semitic Museum.

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. 

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Image courtesy Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1516E.

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Geological Lecture Hall

24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138