Why are Noses out of many Egyptian statues?

Natural erosion played a role?

Several archaeologists have suggested that erosion can be one of the main reasons why this occurs with many ancient statues. Severe winds, overflowing mud and sand dunes, water flowing and thousands of years of legs and hands, pounding on relatively delicate materials such as marble and stone, are likely to have a very devastating effect. Many of these ancient statues have been exposed to these elements for a very long time, while others have been buried under tons of dirt and sand for centuries, usually it’s limbs such as arms, legs and noses that are most damaged, and in Eventually disappear.

Statues of young Tutankhamun and his wife Ankesenamun on the street in Luxor Temple, Luxor, Egypt. (Ad Meskens / CC BY SA 3.0)

Human intervention, of course, is another important factor

Vandalism can be another important factor explaining why this phenomenon appears so often. A recent example, not in Egypt, is the statue of the famous philosopher Aristotle, who welcomes visitors at the entrance to the ancient site of Assos in Turkey. The statue of Aristotle, known as the founder of the first philosophical school in history, was built in 2009 by the Turkish Ministry of Culture at the entrance to the ancient site of Assos in the Aivac area, but in 2015 it was destroyed after his right hand was removed, while As on the front side of the statue there was a strong distortion.

Who or what damaged this statue of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Haremeb as a scribe? Vandals have his nose? (Aryeh Shershow / CC BY SA 3.0)

It was also noted that some archaeologists at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, not having the finer tools and procedures that we have today and hurrying to be the first to discover the next big thing, were responsible for some of the most disgusting, Or committed against classical sculpture.

Of course, religion also played a huge role, despite the fact that extremist Muslims are not the only ones who were caught as a result, as many people today erroneously believe. Christians, Jews and many other famous religions also took part in a shameful act of vandalism over the centuries and are responsible for the dismemberment and dismemberment of many cultural and historical values.


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Can there be racism?

According to some scholars, early Egyptologists deliberately tried to deny and hide that Ancient Egypt was an African culture. According to the written story of Vivant Denon, a French artist, writer and archaeologist who captured the image of the Sphinx in Giza in 1798, the features of the famous monument were of African descent,

Although its proportions are colossal, the outline is clean and elegant; The expression of the head is soft, sweet and calm; The character is African, but his mouth and lips are thick, the softness and delicacy of the performance are truly remarkable; It seems real life and flesh. Art should have been at the height when this monument was executed; For if the head wants a so-called style, that is, words, direct and bold lines that express the figures under which the Greeks denoted their deities, nevertheless justice was provided to the subtle simplicity and nature of nature that is displayed in this figure.

Pay attention to his unrestored state, still partially buried body and the person standing under his ear. (Universal Property)

However, this theory does not explain why so many ancient Greek and Roman statues are dismembered and dismembered as well. Noses on the vast majority of ancient Greek and Roman stone sculptures are also absent. Although some of them were inevitably interrupted by chance, it is quite obvious that the overwhelming number of them were deliberately targeted. Since historically, archaeologically and scientifically it was proved that the ancient Greeks and Romans had a European (Caucasian) origin, in this case racism probably was not the reason for the intentional removal of these statues.


It was written that later Egyptian dynasties often deformed the statues of past monarchs to erase or reduce their heritage. In these cases, removal of the nose would be accompanied by other, more extensive facial disfigurements, as well as the destruction of the inscriptions and symbols of the office.

Busts of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. (Kairoinfo4u / CC BY NC SA 2.0)

In conclusion, the assumption that the statues were removed specifically to hide the races of the individuals they portrayed is definitely not a theory of full layoff, but the only theory at the moment without solid archaeological evidence and evidence to support this. Therefore, to answer with confidence on the question of why so many Egyptian statues lack their noses, they should be able to explain with certainty why the same thing happened to so many statues of Greek, Persian and Roman origin.

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