Mummy Mask of Bensuipet, Deir el-Medina,Egypt
(around 1292–1190 BC), cartonnage
(Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)
Amarna King (around 1352-1336 BC), limestone, paint,
gold leaf, gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
(Photo: Brooklyn Museum)
There is also a statuette of Atum holding his erect phallus in his hand, which is a feminine word in Egyptian. “This is the way [he created the world]—quite literally, masturbating,” Bleiberg says.
Statuette of a Woman (around 1390-1353 BC), wood
Photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum
Who is asking the questions is also important, he adds, noting that half of his classmates were women, unlike in earlier generations of Egyptologists.