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When you visit the Brooklyn Museum, you can use our app to ask us questions or chat about the artwork you see.

You’ll be connected with a team of art historians and educators who know our collection, can answer your questions, and can give you recommendations on what to see next. 

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Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Explore our permanent collection or a special exhibition on a guided group tour led by one of our friendly and experienced Museum Guides, or on your own with a self-guided group tour. These tours are for adult groups with at least 10 people, last about one hour, and can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of your group.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're renovating our second floor to bring you a better experience, which means the Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until fall 2017. If you're a researcher who would like to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

Also on the Third Floor: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Parking
Parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays, there's a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 p.m. Park your bicycle in the rack behind the building, next to our sculpture garden.

Shopping
Our Shop offers an eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, books, clothing, crafts, and foods from around Brooklyn and around the world. Shop hours

Dining
Have small plates, dinner, or drinks at The Norm restaurant and bar, led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Or stop by the BKM Café or Bowl. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group.

Rest Rooms
Rest rooms are on the first and third floors (floor plan), are wheelchair accessible, and have baby-changing tables. A family rest room is located just off the main lobby.

Coat Check
A free coat check is available on the first floor, where you can leave any packages, large bags, umbrellas, or strollers.

Wheelchairs
Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the coat check on the first floor. Our entrances and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

Strollers
You're welcome to use strollers throughout the building (although from time to time there are certain areas where we might need to restrict their use, on account of small spaces, especially fragile art, or other circumstances). If necessary, leave your stroller at the coat check.

Wireless Access
We offer free wireless access throughout our galleries and grounds. During your visit, we encourage you to switch to wifi (BrooklynMuseum) for faster download speeds. The wireless project was created by the Brooklyn Museum Technology Department, with help from NYCWireless.

Go Mobile
Need information on the go? Planning your next visit? Access www.brooklynmuseum.org from your mobile phone to view our mobile-friendly website.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're committed to making our galleries and facilities accessible to everyone.

  • We are fully wheelchair accessible. Check our online and printed floor plan for details.
  • If you need a wheelchair during your visit, they're available for free at the coat check in the lobby.
  • Companions of people with disabilities are admitted for free.
  • The parking lot behind the Museum is fully accessible. There's a free, 15-minute grace period for pickups and dropoffs.
  • If you need an assistive-listening device, they're available for free at our Admissions Desk, on the first floor.

We also offer a wide range of services for our visitors of all ages with special needs.

  • For those who have low or no vision, guided visits that include verbal descriptions can be scheduled for both adult and school groups, with advance notice. We also offer Sensory Tours, monthly public tours designed to accommodate and engage both sighted and non-sighted visitors. Verbal descriptions of collection highlights are available via Art Beyond Sight.
  • For those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, American Sign Language interpretation for both adult and school group tours can be arranged, with advance notice.
  • For those with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, we offer specially tailored guided gallery visits to adult and school groups.

We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

No matter what your interest, there's a tour for you:

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
  • Book a group tour for ten or more adults.
  • Explore tours and programs for school groups, all designed to help students and teachers construct meaningful experiences with works of art.
ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

  • Admissions Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Dining (The Norm restaurant and bar; BKM Café and Bowl)

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

By Subway

2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center). See a subway map. Make sure to check with the MTA for any service changes, especially on the weekend.


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

Check with the MTA for the most up-to-date bus information.


By Car

From Manhattan:

Brooklyn Bridge; left at Tillary Street; right on Flatbush Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Grand Army Plaza; about 2/3 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at the first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue). Or: Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough) to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE); Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street; left onto Flatbush Avenue and proceed according to the directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for about 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From northern or north central New Jersey:

George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow directions from Manhattan.

From Long Island:

Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; about 3 miles to Washington Avenue. We're across intersection at left.


Parking

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays there's a flat rate of $5 beginning at 5 p.m.


Bikes

Park your bicycle at the racks behind the Museum, next to the Sculpture Garden. Bikes are parked at your own risk; we don't accept responsibility for vandalism or theft.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why were felines often chosen to be represented in Ancient Egypt? I mean, I don't see many other animals.
One reason cats were so revered in ancient Egypt was that they were able to kill vermin (like mice and rats) that would get into food supplies. Of course, food was crucial to survival, so cats were seen as protectors in that way! The Goddess Bastet, usually shown in cat form or cat/human form, was the goddess of protection, fertility, and motherhood.
Other animals do appear in the art of ancient Egypt, you'll see quite a few hippopotami in the galleries, for example, but cats were especially popular!
Thanks!
Let us know if any other objects catch your eye as you move through the Egypt galleries.
What kind of wood was used to make the outer coffin of Kamwese?
Wood was fairly rare and expensive in Egypt due to its climate, and the amount of water that trees require to become harvestable. We aren't sure of this, most other cases were made from Sycamore or Acacia. It may seem like most things in Ancient Egypt were made of stone, but this is largely untrue, furniture and baskets and many other things made from wood and plants that simply didn't survive as well as things made from stone.
What is this?
Hi there, that is the Century Vase it was made for the United States' Centennial in 1876. If you look closely, you will see many "American" things in those vignettes. This served as a sort of advertisement for all of the innovations happening in the US at the time--various farming scenes, a man at a sewing machine, as well as telegraph poles.
What is a mixing table?
A mixing table or 'slab table' would be used for holding candles in the evening, or perhaps flowers. Unlike card tables (used for playing cards) or dining tables a mixing table could serve a variety of purposes.
And why is the Statue of Liberty in the parking lot?
The replica of the Statue of Liberty is from Liberty Storage & Warehouse here in NYC. This thirty-foot replica was commissioned about 1900 by the Russian-born auctioneer William H. Flattau to sit atop his eight-story Liberty Warehouse, then one of the highest points on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Flattau thus combined his entrepreneurial spirit with pride in the adopted country in which he had prospered.
Ok, thanks!
You're welcome!
What was some of the work Grace Chino did?
Grace Chino was a highly respected potter who made traditional Acoma pottery, using native clay, temper, slips, and paints.
Is this the glass artist?
Yes! Louis Comfort Tiffany was an accomplished and well respected painter before he turned towards glass. He traveled extensively, and painted scenes from his travels.
Though he started as a painter, he became interested in glassmaking from about 1875 and worked at several glasshouses in Brooklyn between then and 1878. In 1879, he joined with Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest to form Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated American Artists.
What streets are these?
Those are Old Fulton Street and Front Street in what is today Downtown Brooklyn, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. Front Street was a fashionable street lined with upper-class residences. At this time, Front Street was at the Brooklyn waterfront. The view is not entirely accurate however: Guy greatly accentuated the curve of Front Street in order to bring the houses along its outer edges into view. He also altered the angle of James Street to accommodate a broad wedge of houses.
I love the death cart!
Me too! Although the piece depicts human bones, the only thing on the object that may be human is the hair (and we have not yet tested it). The potential human hair is held in place with a piece of animal hide/skin.
It is a miniature version of one of the death carts pulled in processions by Roman Catholic penitent societies in Mexico and the American Southwest during Holy Week. Some carts carry images of the suffering Jesus. This one's passenger may be a female: Doña Sebastiana, the Angel of Death.
The "tooth" work along the crown molding, is that wood or bronze?
That molding is all very fine wood with metallic paint applied.
Ah, metallic paint! Thanks for checking.
The rest of the family's apartment was decorated in a way that was more typical for affluent NYC-ers of this time: historical styles borrowed from 18th century France, etc. But they invited the design firm to do something new and different with this study!
Very interesting! Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the 4th floor, and the rest of your visit. We'll be here to chat if you have any additional thoughts or questions to share.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.