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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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When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.
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Here's what people are asking.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.

When in Egyptian history was the discovery and fascination of the "Milky Way" and galaxy best recognized to take place?
What a detail to pick up on! The curators chose to use the term "Milky Way" so visitors today would know what the text was referring to. The Ancient Egyptians had a different name for the celestial body.
As far as when the Egyptians gained interest in what we call the "Milky Way," the fascination likely dates back as long as people were looking into the night sky. Before artificial lights the band of the galaxy that we see from Earth was actually very easy to see on a clear night. The Ancient Egyptians named constellations according to deities and mythology much in the way the Ancient Greeks did. The mythology of the night sky predates writing so we don't know when exactly it started, but certainly more than 5000 years ago!
How is the Paracas textile preserved? How is it possible to retain color and texture from 300BC?
That's a great question! Like many very old yet well-preserved objects, the Paracas Textile came from a burial. The dark controlled environment of a burial helps preserve organic materials like textiles and the pigments you see here. In addition, the South Coast of Peru, where this was found, is one of the driest regions of the world, which contributed to the preservation of textiles. 
You may notice that some colors do survive better than others, that has to do with how well the pigment adheres to the fibers.
What did they use for the pigments?
The Nasca people used natural pigments derived from plants, insects, and minerals. They may have used certain sea shells, too. 
What am I looking at?
That is one of our many Assyrian Wall reliefs. This work includes a great example of cuneiform text and offers us a peek into Assyrian spirituality. All of the figures with wings are genii (genies). Scholars suggest that in the Assyrian culture the idea of the "genie" refers to winged protectors sort of like guardian angels. Here, they are seen pollinating trees and other flora with a pinecone, imbuing the trees with sacred power. The text overlaying the figures alludes to the king's great power. I particularly love the way the muscles, beards, and clothing are depicted.
Holy Cow! Tell moo more! 
This mask from the Bijagos Islands depicts an ox, as you may have noticed. It isn't hard to see why the  Bijogo are best known for their animal masks. This mask in particular would have been worn by young men during initiation ceremonies, where young men would imitate the movements of bulls. 
Is there any particular reason that eyes in Egyptian depictions are so elongated?
It really was a stylistic choice; you seem pretty savvy so I'm sure you've noticed that many of the motifs remain similar throughout the history of ancient Egypt in depictions of people.
However, you are in the Amarna Gallery which is an interesting 'break' in these stylistic choices. The pharaoh at the time, Akhenaten, changed the religious system as well as how he, as a pharaoh, was depicted. You can find a bust of him in the gallery where his body is 'rounder' than earlier or later depictions of pharaohs.
What's going on here?
Objects like that papyrus, as well as textiles and other works on paper, need to be protected from light because light damage is cumulative and irreversible. That's why the object in the case is covered. If you continue back to The Mummy Chamber, you will see another long papyrus that is kept mainly in the dark, with lights that are motion sensored.
The sign says this was written in a cursive form of hieroglyphics called hieratic. Did this influence written Hebrew or Aramaic in any way?
There is a relationship. Hieroglyphs and Hieratic are the basis for an alphabet known to scholars as Proto-Sinaitic or Proto-Canaanite which directly influenced the Phoenician alphabet on which both Hebrew and Aramaic (among others) are based.
Why does he seem so sad?
He is Eustache de Saint-Pierre, one of 6 citizens of the French town of Calais who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the city during the Hundred Years War in the 14th century. Rodin's monument to the six men is known as the Burghers of Calais.
What's this?
This is known as  the  "Komo Society Mask" was made by an unidentified Bamana artist in Mali. As you may have already read only members of the Komo Society would ever see this mask. Constructed outside of the village in secret, it would have been warn to harness spiritual powers to aid the community. It has such a fearsome appearance, likely symbolizing the power and authority of the Komo. This mask holds great spiritual power and can be seen in many ways as a religious altar – with the many different additions to the masks surface holding intense spiritual power and symbolism.   
What was kept in this?
It is presumed that this camel-shaped vessel held wine. It likely served ritualistic purpose; as you can imagine, it would be difficult to drink from and not large enough for storage.
What do the hieroglyphs on the clothes mean?
The text running down Nebsen's skirt (the male figure) "invokes offerings on his behalf 'from the table of the lord of the gods,' and identifies him as 'the scribe of the treasury of the lord of two lands, Nb-sn'." The text running down Nebet-ta's skirt "invokes offerings from the table of Mut, lady of Asher', and identifies her as 'the singer of Isis, mother of the god, Nbt-t'."
On the back, the inscription says that the statue was made for the couple's tomb by their son, Weserhat. A husband and wife statue such as this would have been placed in the serdab, a hidden chamber in ancient Egyptian tombs. These statues were a place for the "soul to rest" and how food offerings would be given from the statue of the deceased to the soul of the deceased for sustenance in the afterlife.
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.