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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

Here's what people are asking.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

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

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

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.

Is the arrow missing or was this sculpted without one?
The arrow has been lost over time.
"Diana of the Tower" is a variation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's famous weathervane of the Roman goddess of the hunt that stood atop the Madison Square Garden Tower in New York City from 1894 until the Garden was demolished in 1925.
Were the needles so flimsy in the early days that you constantly needed new ones? Or why did this item needed a compartment for new needles?
The needles not only broke easily but they would often go missing or wear out so having a compartment for needles were necessary.
Although aluminum, in which this streamlined phonograph is encased, is taken for granted today as a lightweight, inexpensive material that has many applications, it was only in 1886 that an American, Charles Martin Hall, discovered an electrolytic process that made its commercial production possible. Over the next forty years, aluminum evolved from a laboratory curiosity to an industrial staple.
Isn't this bed a little short for an adult?
To be honest, although it may seem shorter, it is not considerably shorter than a modern bed! It may be the bed-hangings giving you that illusion.
May I please have more information on the waterspout shaped like a lion?
As you might have already read on the label, this spout would have been positioned on a temple roof or wall.
It's like a forerunner of the gargoyles that we see much later in French Gothic architecture on cathedrals like Notre Dame. In addition to channeling the rainwater down off the roof, the lion served a protective purpose. Felines of many kinds were closely associated with royalty (especially the pharaoh himself) and various deities in ancient Egyptian culture/religion. They were important symbolic guardians, just like the everyday cats that protected the Egyptians' granaries from mice!
Are the portraits in the Milligan parlor of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan?
Yes, in fact those portraits are of Mr. and Mrs. Milligan. What is so fascinating about this particular period room is that we have many of the original furnishings from the actual house in our collection.
Why do we appear upside down in this mirror? I've never seen anything like this before!
That's because this is a convex mirror, like the back of a spoon. When you look at yourself in a flat mirror, what you see is the image that’s produced when light bounces off of your face, off of the mirror, and comes back to you. But a curved mirror will bend the light differently, bouncing off of a curved mirror at an angle instead. You can imagine this as if you bounced a ball off of the ground, but you did it at an angle - it wouldn’t come straight back at you, but it would go off at the same angle as it hit the ground. Basically, the light waves hit the different parts of the spoon at different angles, so they’re all bent a little bit differently. By the time they come back to you, they’ve all bent differently in such a way that they end up making you look upside down.
Why did the artist make the men's phalluses so prominent?
As with many erotic sculptures across time and cultures, the artist has chosen to emphasize the male member. Erotic imagery is fairly common in ancient art and some of what you see here actually displayed important religious content to an ancient Egyptian who would have seen it and recognized it.
Is this a Movado?
That piece is actually by the Howard Miller Clock Co. in Michigan and was made around 1970. So it is not Movado, but may have been modeled after a Movado watch since those began to be manufactured in the 40s. Interestingly, the Movado watches were originally called "the museum watch" because they was selected for the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960.
Were all three statues found together?
It's unclear, but that is an excellent question because they all date to the time frame of his life. The different styles and the way in which they all show different points in his life suggest that they were made by different artists. We don't have any documentation about where or how they were excavated, but one can assume they all came from Metjetji's tomb.
So it's the hieroglyphic writing on the bottom that identifies all three as the same official?
Yes, exactly! The inscriptions name him.
Do you have any guess on when this frog was created?
We have on file that it was created circa 1390-1353 BCE, it's very old!
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.