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Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

Public Lecture by Edward Bleiberg
Senior Curator, Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum

Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? Why were other sculpted body parts, including eyes, mouths, arms, and feet, purposely shattered in antiquity? Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that emerged following Egyptian conversion to Christianity, Edward Bleiberg will examine the patterns of damage inflicted on Egyptian images for personal, political, religious, and criminal reasons. He will also highlight how close inspection of statue damage can reveal who damaged the statue and why.

Free and open to the public. Presented by the Harvard Semitic Museum.

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

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Date:
September 26, 2019
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/event/breaking-noses-egyptian-statues

Venue

Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Phone:
617-496-1027