#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.
Actually, the missing nose on the Great Sphinx at Giza has been the subject of a lot of debate.You’ve probably heard the one where it was done by soldiers in Napoleon’s army as target practice. Actually the nose was long gone before Napoleon was ever born. According to al-Maqrīzī, a medieval Arab scholar, the damage occurred in 1378 when, as the story goes, a man named Mohammed Sa’im al-Dahr, a “radical Sufi Muslim” who became very offended when he saw the locals making offerings to the Sphinx and went after the statue only to be executed for vandalism. Who knows whether the story is true, but it was recorded in the 15th century so that at least lets Napoleon off the hook.
The defacement of religious art knows no race or creed I’m sad to say. It’s a shitty behavior that has been repeated over and over again throughout history.
I was just in the National Gallery of Art earlier this month looking at the Byzantium exhibit and there’s a bust of Aphrodite in there that has the eyes carved out and a cross chipped into the face where an early Christian tried to blind the goddess. A more recent example is the Buddhas of Bamiyan, which were blown up by the Taliban.
The phenomenon is called Iconoclasm. The big example of this that you’ll probably read about is Islamic/Muslim iconoclasm, but it’s happened other places too and for reasons other than what I’m about to go into.
(Do some casual googling on the October Revolution and the Chinese Cultural Revolution for some politically motivated destruction of art/images.)
Occasionally people go crazy about graven images; Christian people, Muslim people, etc. There has historically been great anxiety regarding ‘lifeless images’ like a sculpture or a painting, specifically of people or of God. (I know for certain that the old testament has a few things to say on the subject although exactly what has been a subject of some debate.) Islam was known for this in particular and perhaps took it the most seriously. This is why a lot of Islamic art consists of geometric patterns, garden motifs, and calligraphy.
Wikipedia will define iconoclasm as the willful destruction of a culture’s own religious icons or symbols, but people will go after other cultures’ stuff as well. See above re: the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Another example is Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which was converted from a church to a mosque in 1453. Most of the icons there were either defaced or just plain plastered over. The murals were rediscovered in the 20s when Hagia Sophia was converted yet again into a museum.
Long story short: human beings place a lot of value in our artwork and when one human wants to hurt another, we like to go after their beautiful and spiritually significant creations.
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