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Magnificent Metals

  • Robin

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  • Sarah

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  • Entrance

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  • Coats and Bags

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  • Meeting Area

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  • Tour

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  • Altar (Asen)

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    What do you think this is made out of? 

    Can you see any animals? 

    What could the man be creating? 

    How do you think they were able to make all the tiny pieces without modern technology? 

    Gallery: 171

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    Altar (asen)

    mid-19th to early 20th century

    Artist Unidentified, African

    Dimensions

    160.02 x 43.18 cm (63 x 17 in.)

    Medium

    Iron, iron oxide encrustation

    Classification

    Ritual Objects

    Accession Number

    1992.400

    Collections
    Africa and Oceania More Info

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  • Shabaka's Mirror

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    Does this look like soemthing you have used before? 

    Why do you think the MFA cares about a mirror? Is this a special mirror? 

    Why was the mirror made out of metal? Could a differnt material have been used? 

    Gallery: 104

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    Bronze mirror of King Shabaka

    712–698 B.C.

    Dimensions

    H. 32.9 cm

    Medium

    Bronze, gilt silver

    Classification

    Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical

    Accession Number

    21.318

    Collections
    The Ancient World More Info

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    The mirror consists of a bronze disk set into a gilt silver handle in the form of a column with a palm leaf capital. Standing figures of the great goddesses surround the column: Hathor, wearing a sun disk and horns; lioness-headed Tefnut; and Mut, wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. A fourth figure, whose crown features two plumes, a sun disk, and horns, probably represents the king's sister Amenirdis, a priestess who assumed the rank of goddess by accepting the highest priestly role of "God's Wife." She was "married" to Amun and resided, celibate, at Karnak.

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  • Weather Vanes

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    What kind of animal is this? 

    What other kinds of animals would you see in the same place as this rooster? 

    What is a weather vane? Have you ever seen one outside? 

     

    Why do you think these are made out of metal and not another material? 

    Gallery: 231

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    Rooster weather vane

    about 1880–90

    L. W. Cushing & Sons, active 1867–1933

    Dimensions

    Overall (bird only): 66 x 71.1 x 15.2 cm (26 x 28 x 6 in.)

    Medium

    Copper, gilding

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    68.294

    Collections
    Americas
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    Linde Gallery (Am. Folk Art) - 237 More Info

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    See L. W. Cushing & Sons catalogue (1883), p. 14. See also 1978.387a-b (possibly the mold for this piece).

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  • Torpedo Pedal Car

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    What colors do you see? 

    Do cars still look like this?

    Have you ever played with something that looks like this? Would you wnt to play with this? 

    Why is this made of metal and not plastic? 

    Gallery: 326

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    "Torpedo" pedal car

    designed about 1937–49

    Viktor Schreckengost, American, 1906–2008

    Dimensions

    Length: 94 cm (37 in.)

    Medium

    Steel, chrome, enamel

    Classification

    (not assigned)

    Accession Number

    2010.29

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Axelrod Gallery (1920s & 1930s/Art Deco) - 326 More Info

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  • Drum with Design of Concentric...

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    What kind of animal is on top of the drum? 

    What kind of noise do you think this drum would make? 

    Why do you think the entire drum is made out of metal? Does that change the sound it makes? 

    What kind if metal do you think this is made of? Why do you think it is green? 

    Gallery: 270

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  • Art Activity

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  • Museum Rules

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  • See You Soon!

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