I have been interested to see the results of our online quiz. I think the main problem with it was the software we had to used from MyStudio, which allowed only one view, and, more importantly, didn’t permit closeups. One user commented about the lack of back views with reference to the Standing Woman, where I had mentioned the lack of details of hair and dress on the back. But in fact she is the only piece in the quiz that has any kind of a back view, which is yet another clue that she is a forgery (see slides 10 & 11 below)—they were not making free-standing statues in Egypt at that time. All the other pieces are rough and unfinished on the backs and also, in many cases, on the sides, because they were intended to be set into walls. The slideshow below will display the rest of my thoughts alongside the objects.
Edna Russmann joined the Brooklyn Museum in 1989, as a research associate, a position she held until 1998, when she was named Associate Curator and in 2000, Curator. Prior to joining the Brooklyn Museum she was Visiting Curator at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and was a William Stevenson Smith Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dr. Russmann is the curator of Unearthing the Truth: Egypt’s Pagan and Coptic Sculpture, on view February 13 through May 19, 2009. She was Guest Curator of Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from the British Museum and Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum, both organized and circulated by the American Federation of Arts. She has served as a consultant for a number of exhibitions and reinstallations at several major museums throughout the United States. The recipient of a B.A. in History from New York University, Dr. Russmann was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.