Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

Date: 

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:00pm

Location: 

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

Ancient Egyptian bust with nose broken off.

 

Free Public Lecture

 
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 event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

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