Yes, thank you!
#cleopatra with the nose knocked off. I wonder if people still think she was European like the movies betray…
I still think it’s one of the most desperate things whites have done to blacks and to black history. The disrespect is outrageous. They came to our country and mentally could not fathom how these black civilizations could be so great. They literally rode through our lands and shot the noses off of our statues. Why? So that the statues would no longer resemble the African people and they could LIE about the origins of Egypt and countless other civilizations. It was a widespread practice. It’s why statues of Pharaoh’s and their wives have no noses. It’s why the Sphinx has no nose. When I was in middle and high school, we were taught that the noses had fell off due to time and poor craftsmanship! They have literally tried to teach us that our ancestors were shitty builders of noses just to hide their malicious destruction of our heritage. European fears of African peoples had to come from somewhere. I want to know what part of the history is missing. There’s something that they don’t want to be told.
The shade is real
i was taught that the noses fell off as well and actually continued to believe this. in retrospect this makes no sense, considering greek/roman statues pretty much always have intact noses whereas egyptian ones are always conveniently missing theirs. thank you for pointing this out to me, i hadn’t even made that connection until now.
The bolded was me too and I am seriously embarrassed that I never even thought about how that could be false.
Damnnn. I hate myself for not realizing this.
I hate myself even more, since I know the ancient Egyptians created their sculptural works with the idea of permanence in mind. They were literally built to last throughout the afterlife. Notice how the majority of their monumental sculpture is stone-bound, without any protruding elements or breakable appendages. That’s because many of these sculptures were intended to house the life-force (Ka) of those they portrayed. Of their favorite materials were basalt and diorite, both extremely hard stones that were incredibly difficult to carve. Meaning a nose just doesn’t “fall off” because of “poor craftsmanship,” you would literally have to take a hammer to it. Fuckers.
I’m embarrassed and ashamed to add myself to the list of people who where taught that the noses “fell off” as a child and never once stopped to think about how incongruous that was to everything I had been taught about the Egyptian civilizations and their propensity for lasting works of art.
I was never taught this. In fact, by the time I entered an integrated school setting, the Egyptian portion of history was usually brief and skipped until the Roman Empire entered the story.
I’m surprised that more people don’t know this. Granted, I wasn’t taught much of it myself but I did learn in middle school/high school that Napoleon’s men shot the nose off of the sphinx
This is just not true, not a single bit of it. We have the writing of Al-Maqrizi in the 15th century documenting the loss of the nose of the Sphinx in particular at the hands of Mamluks. We have pictures from the 17th century that illustrate that the nose was already gone by then.
A google search would prove the rest of it wrong. There’s countless statuary that is perfectly in tact and when we do find something that’s poorly preserved, it’s usually made of limestone which is soft and erodes easier than granite or diorite which took more work to use. It’s pretty clear that statuary has not weathered well in these cases too. Especially if you see them in person. To do one better you can find the same phenomenon with Greek statuary. Plenty of greek statues made of soft stones have no noses either.
Egyptians also defaced their own works as a kind of ancient political propaganda. After which the ancient monuments endured over a thousand years of neglect or repurposing by the Arabs.
This is not to say that artefacts aren’t intentially defaced today. Or that they haven’t endured a lot of harm due to colonization and appropriation. But acting like those are the only forces at work is both ignorant and hurtful to the very history (a very complex and prolific history at that) that it’s claiming to protect.