Statue of an Ancient Egyptian Family Group



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To Live Forever explores the ancient Egyptian belief that death was an enemy that could be beaten through proper preparation. Hear Edward Bleiberg, curator of Egyptian Art, discuss the Egyptian artistic conventions used in a statue of a family group, from the Brooklyn Museum's extensive, world-renowned collection.

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00:00:06 This is one of the first statues from ancient Egypt to be shown publicly in the United States that came from Memphis,

00:00:16 which was the capital in the 24th century B.C. when the statue was made. It shows the head of the household in the center

00:00:25 with his wife kneeling at his left leg and his son standing at his right leg.

00:00:33 It's a very good example of the way the ancient Egyptian artist approached scale. As you can see, the man is portrayed

00:00:42 in a completely different scale from his wife. This was the way the Egyptian artists showed who the most important figure was in a group.

00:00:52 It's really one of the finest examples of the kinds of statues that were found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

00:01:01 It would have been used for offerings, and I am very happy that it will be visiting Indianapolis.