Exhibitions: Temples

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

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    The shield-back chair, illustrated in English pattern books by George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton, became one of the most popular Americ...

     

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    • Egyptian Temples
      Seen as the estates of the gods, temples formed the core of Egyptian religion and influenced the organization of the Egyptian state, economy, and society. Theoretically, the pharaoh presided over all temple rituals. In reality, priests acting in place of the king performed his duties at every temple every day. Royal temple construction, maintenance, and the continuous performance of rituals were believed to assure universal balance and provide divine protection for Egypt and its inhabitants. While the king’s actions established the connection of the people with divinity, the populace expressed devotion by offering small stone or bronze images of the gods and of themselves at their local temples. However, ordinary Egyptian people witnessed divinity only during festivals, when cult images, believed to be inhabited by a god, were brought out from the most sacred part of the temple. By depositing statues of themselves, non-royal individuals were able to secure their presence and participation in every temple ritual and festival.

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