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Animal mummies are the most numerous type of artifact preserved from ancient Egypt, numbering in the millions, yet they are little understood. "Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt" combines traditional archaeology with new technology to reveal the religious purpose of these mummies, how they were made, and why there are so many. Last chance to unwrap the mystery behind this practice. See #SoulfulCreatures before it closes Sunday, January 21.

For the past year, #BKMConservation has been investigating the materials and techniques used to create our ancient Egyptian panel paintings, focusing specifically on the use of indigo. Examination has included many hours under the microscope with each of these impressive, life-like portraits, and performing multiband imaging and a range of analytical techniques. The culmination of this work will be presented at @thegetty’s Ancient Panel Paintings: Examination, Analysis, and Research (APPEAR) conference in May, at which scientists, conservators, curators and other museum professionals will convene to discuss analysis of their respective ancient Egyptian portrait collections. Learn more about their findings at bit.ly/bkmconservation

A boldly drawn dragon swirls around the body of this bulbous storage jar. The iron glaze has been applied in loose, calligraphic lines. Iron glazes became a popular decoration for Korean white wares from the seventeenth century onward, when cobalt blue was expensive and available supplies were not always of the highest quality. Prominent throwing rings formed on the potter’s wheel gives the vessel a sense of dynamic energy. #artsofkorea #한국미술

This #WCW we’re excited to announce Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the pioneering artistic practices of women in Latin America and of Latina women in the United States, is coming to Brooklyn Museum—its only East Coast venue—from April 13–July 22, 2018. Radical Women includes more than 260 works by more than 120 artists working in 15 countries during a tumultuous and transformational period in the history of the Americas and the development of contemporary art. #radicalwomenbkm #mujeresradicales

A little #bluesday inspiration from #BKMAfricanart: Male Yoruba dancers wear gelede masks at festivals honoring the women of the community. Gelede masquerades often serve as a showcase for artistic innovation, with their masks depicting motifs that are both entertaining and critical. This mask depicts a French gendarme, a colonial soldier wearing a blue cap, and was most likely performed as a critique of French personal and political behavior during the colonial period. #infinitebluebkm 🔵 ⠀

You think you know #TheDinnerParty? Tune into our Facebook Live today at 11am and explore the roots of #JudyChicago's most influential and widely known work with the iconic artist and exhibition curator Carmen Hermo. The mini-tour will be followed by a Q&A, so bring the questions!

Still haven't made it out for #SoulfulCreatures? Take it from these kid curators* and explore the mysteries and tradition of animal mummies in ancient Egypt, before the show ends January 21. ⠀

*Special thanks to the talented kids of the Brooklyn Museum Staff who volunteered their smarts and charisma for the making of this video.

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife and fellow activist, Coretta Scott King. Photographer #LeRoyHenderson captured this moment of Coretta Scott King with their children at the Lincoln Memorial Solidarity Day Rally for Jobs, Peace, and Freedom on June 19, 1968 in Washington D.C., just two months after Dr. King’s assassination by James Earl Ray in Memphis. The rally was the culminating effort of the Poor People’s Campaign, a cause King dedicated himself to during the last year of his life as Chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and one Mrs. King continued to pursue following her husband’s untimely death. The platform emphasized the plight of the poor in the United States and abroad, and believed that in order to improve economic and social conditions, poor Americans of all backgrounds needed to join together to demand economic justice through federal legislation.

It seems that everyone today loves dogs! The ancient Egyptians loved dogs too. Dogs were already domesticated by the Neolithic period in ancient Egypt, long before pyramids or even kings. In mythology, dog or jackal deities—the most famous being Anubis, god of mummification—were often associated with burial and the afterlife because wild dogs were known to roam the deserts and cemeteries. Millions of dog mummies were buried in temple catacombs where Egyptian worshipers came to send prayers to the gods. Some of these mummies are now on display in #SoulfulCreatures—See them before the show ends on Jan 21.⠀

Get ready for the most fun, engaging family fundraiser in NYC. On January 21, our Beaux-Arts Court will be transformed for one into an art-filled party zone full of the coolest kid’s activities led by Brooklyn-based artists and our renowned educators. Come take part in a custom treasure hunt created by @kaws or a life-drawing class by @Jeremyville Studio. All proceeds support the Museum’s groundbreaking education programs and help us continue to make our collections, exhibitions, and low-cost public programs accessible to our entire Brooklyn community. Click link in bio for tickets. Design by @jimmymezei

Working in his studio from live models, Rodin developed concepts for sculptures in clay. He paid nude models to walk around him and if one struck an interesting pose, he quickly fashioned a small sculpture in clay. Skilled assistants would then make a plaster cast of the clay figure that captured every bump and depression in its surface. This plaster, or an enlargement or reduction of it, represented Rodin’s vision for a completed work. Professional bronze founders used the plaster cast as the basis for creating bronze sculptures. #Rodin100

This bottle is made from ox horn that has been thinly cut, soaked in water, pressed flat, and polished. The colorful decoration of dragons and flowers is painted on the reverse of the semitransparent horn. Dragons are an auspicious symbol that were thought to being luck to the object’s owner. In Neo-Confucian Korean society, this sort of exuberant, colorful ware was considered suitable only for women’s use; items used by men were more restrained in color and style. #artsofkorea #한국미술

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