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Unseen Treasures

Museum vaults often contain artifacts that, for one reason or another, rarely see the light of day. Here’s a peek at hidden gems in the permanent collections of Honolulu’s major museums.

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Photo: Olivier Koning

Portrait of a Couple

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Love lives on in a tender Egyptian portrait of a husband and wife from c. 2400 B.C., which stays in the Academy’s vault due to space restrictions. Carved from a single block of limestone, it is one of the most ancient works in the museum’s permanent collection. A veil of red pigment is all that remains of the tabletop-size sculpture’s once-brilliant paint work.

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