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"Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from The British Museum"
2001-11-23 until 2002-02-24
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn, NY, USA

This unprecedented traveling exhibition of nearly 150 masterpieces from The British Museum's world famous collection will make the only stop in the Northeast at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Through these treasures, many of which have never before been seen in this country, experience more than 3,500 years of this vanished African civilization that has captured the imagination of generations down through the ages.

From the First Dynasty through the Roman conquest of Egypt, these exceptional works found at excavations from the mouth of the Nile to Nubia, present a panorama of Egyptian life and death. Included are monumental objects such as a 5,000 pound red granite lion, one of a pair from a Nubian temple of King Amenhotep III, and a colossal quartzite head of Amenhotep III from his funerary temple at Thebes, to exquisitely crafted small masterpieces among them a 1/2 inch high gold bead in the form of a lion and a nearly 9-inch high silver and gold statue of the god Amun.

Pharaohs and Queens such as Tutankhamun, Amenhotep III, Thutmosis III, Nefertiti, Sesostris III, and Ramesses the Great, along with gods and goddesses are featured in this remarkable presentation, as are everyday people, among them ship builders and scribes, through a wide range of exquisitely beautiful treasures including statues, jewelry, and household objects.

IMAGE:
Pectoral Plaque:
Amenemhat IV, Middle Kingdom,
Twelfth Dynasty (ca. 1808-1799 B.C.)
All images Trustees of The British Museum. Courtesy AFA.


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