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NEW GALLERY SPACES OPENING IN 2016
In December 2016, our fourth floor will be transformed into a new destination for historical education and innovation. During the current renovation, objects from our permanent collection are on view throughout the Museum.
The Course of Empire: Desolation
Oil on canvas (relined)
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stamped: oval black: "Prepared by Edwd Dechaux New York"
An Egyptologist, Smith was one of the earliest students of Egyptian hieroglyphics. For twenty years he lived at Luxor where in 1862 he acquired the important surgical papyrus which was presented to the Society by his daughter.
Gift of Edwin Smith
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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