Were some noses and lips on ancient Egyptian statues knocked off because of collective or individual racist intent? Once the statue was defaced, the dead Pharaoh's life would be snuffed out.
Most ancient Egyptians believed that the spirit of a dead person could live beyond the grave, but only if some remembrance - a body, a statue, or even a name - of the dead person existed in the land of the living.
And his etching seems to reflect his verbal description.
COMMON SENSE ALERT: It seems rational to me that if the mouth and lips had been demolished when Denon saw the Sphinx and drew it, he would have at least mentioned it with a bit of chagrin or regret about the destruction.
It was obvious that Denon was smitten by its beauty and I would have thought that he would have at least written about it from the perspective of it's obvious past glory -- something like this. Item held in the Overstone Library, Reading University Library by Fiona Barnard Rare Books Librarian "Luigi Mayer, a watercolorist and draughtsman, is renowned as the most accurate delineator of the Near East before David Roberts, who produced the monumental volumes The Holy Land (1842) and Views in ancient Egypt and Nubia (1846), copies of which are also held in the Overstone Library. ----------- Not enough conclusive evidence Not enough conclusive evidence Not enough conclusive evidence Not enough conclusive evidence Not enough conclusive evidence Damaged before they arrived Damaged before they arrived Perhaps a factor...conclusive: Dr.
"In other words the ancient Egyptians were true Negroes of the same stock as all the autochthonous peoples of Africa and from the datum one sees how their race, after some centuries of mixing with the blood of Romans and Greeks, must have lost the full blackness of its original color but retained the impress of its original mould." .................. Both Afrocentrists and Eurocentrists have made bold statements.
Anyone who has a matter-of-fact, conclusive answer to these two questions is wrong! We all have seen the damage done to the face of the Sphinx of Giza. Truthcentic Alert: I do believe that some noses and lips were knocked off of statues by Pharaohs, solely for the purpose of destroying the predecessor in his/her afterlife.
On seeing that head, typically Negro in all its features, I remembered the remarkable passage where Herodotus says: "In other words, the ancient Egyptians were true Negroes of the same type as all native-born Africans.
That being so, we can see how their blood, mixed for several centuries with that of the Greeks and Romans, must have lost the intensity of its original color, while retaining nonetheless the imprint of its original mold.
It is the extensive compilation of the field reports, sketches and descriptions made by the members of Napoleon's scientific team during the expedition in Egypt. Each one has the official "In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers to conquer Egypt.
(The Freeman Institute Collection owns 92 original pages)When the Sphinx of Giza was seen by Napoleon's troops, it was largely buried in sand. The campaign revealed the splendor of a mysterious and forgotten civilization, for Napoleon's ships also carried scholars, scientists and artists whose task it was to study the country and its customs and document their findings for Napoleon.
(It is reported that Tuthmosis III defaced many of Hatshepsut's statues, images and titles after her death in 1457 BC.
She had effectively been cursed with endless death.
The Muslims had no interest in Ancient Egypt except to eviscerate some of its standing monuments in the hope of unearthing the fabulous treasures they were thought to conceal.