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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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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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Here's what people are asking.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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.

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Here's what people are asking.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

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

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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.

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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
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Here's what people are asking.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.
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Here's what people are asking.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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.

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Here's what people are asking.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.

Does this clock still work?
Hm, I don't think so. The hands in the photo you sent are in the same position as the photo we have on file so it looks like it hasn't tick-tocked in a while!
Why is the sun eclipsed?
Several of the Gospels in the Bible's New Testament say that the sky went dark or the sun went dark at the moment of Christ's death on the cross. This is the artist's way of showing that occurrence.
Who are the people in this ceiling painting?
Good question! We don't know who they are specifically. The artist, Kehinde Wiley, finds his models by walking around the streets and asking people to participate in his art. He first started this process while he was an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in 2001 and has since expanded this practice to projects in other countries as well.
I'm curious of the significance of this. Why is it called the "Number 153"?
All of the Leonardo Drew's works are titled "Number xyz," so that title is merely a convention of his works and his process and not necessarily a series.
Does the museum have possession of the rest of the relief from which this fragment comes?
That is a good question! This is the only fragment of the relief that the Museum owns. If you look closely, you'll see the hand, shield, and spear of another guard standing behind the one whose head we see. This Persian guard demonstrates a typical hairstyle from his time and place. Hair and clothing are often these easiest way to tell where a person is from in ancient art.
Who is this?
We have many interesting sculptures by Malvina Hoffman. This is Ivan Mestrovic, a Croatian artist who was Hoffman's mentor. She shows him in his artist's smock, holding a lump of clay that he might make into a work of sculpture. She is portraying her teacher as a heroic artist at the height of his creative powers.
This color is beautiful! Can you tell me more about it?
Thanks for trying our app in the Ancient Egyptian galleries today! That is a beautiful little object. For the Egyptians this lighter shade of blue was almost interchangeable with green, the color of the Nile, vegetation, and thus health and life. Faience (this kind of ceramic that was easy to color blue-green) was also a cheaper alternative to semiprecious stones like turquoise and lapis-lazuli.
Thanks! It's neat to have that extra information.
You're welcome! The color is a natural result of certain minerals (like copper) being added to the sand-based ceramic. They interact when the piece is fired at extremely high temperatures and that vibrant blue is a result. This piece combines imagery of lotus flowers with eyes known as "wedjat eyes." It would have been worn as an amulet for protection and strength.
Was this figure originally holding something it's right hand?
It doesn't look like anyone has written about what this sculpture might have been holding. Based on other elements of the piece I would speculate that it has something to do with life and death or the figure's status because that was very important thing to communicate in Mesoamerican art. Do you have any ideas?
A staff of some kind in wood perhaps. Was mixed media common in stonework?
That's an excellent idea! It's possible that a wooden staff was there and it has not survived. Mixed media was certainly common. This particular sculpture would have had inlays of precious stones or metals originally, for example.
Makes sense, thanks.
Can you tell me anything about the odd figures on this bowl?
A lot of Early Dynastic art was painted on pottery. These figures are typical of that type of art. Here they are seen on a boat. The largest figure is the most important. She may represent a goddess or priestess. Smaller male figures stand on either side and appear to be attending to her.
There is a case in the central Egyptian gallery where you can see three dimensional figurines in similar poses with their arms raised.
This is very dramatic, what is happening?
It depicts "The Fallen Angels." In the Bible, fallen angels are those who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the Devil. The dark base, where the snake slithers over a body, is probably the depiction of hell, and the figure down there could be Lucifer himself. The expressions on their faces are remarkable. There are so many different emotions carved into the marble. One figure is biting his knuckle in anguish or torment!
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.