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From statues of royalty to sculptures of the gods and goddesses these rulers worshipped, there is a peculiar trait many ancient Egyptian works of art share today – they’re missing the nose.
It’s something that could easily be dismissed as a consequence of time, were it not for what experts say is a clear pattern of ‘deliberate destruction,’ Artsy Magazine reports.
Brooklyn - Museum - Curator - Edward - Bleiberg
According to Brooklyn Museum curator Edward Bleiberg, who has been investigating the bizarre phenomenon, this form of mutilation may have been the work of grave robbers attempting to prevent angry spirits from seeking revenge.
Numerous examples of nose-less effigies are now set to go on display as part of Bleiberg’s upcoming exhibit at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louise, Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt.
Feature - Occurrences - Thousands - Years - Sculptures
While a protruding feature such as a nose can easily break off through natural occurrences, especially over the thousands of years that many of these sculptures sat unprotected, smashed noses are also common in in scenes carved into flat slabs.
The consistency in the destruction indicates that this was done on purpose, Bleiberg told Artsy.
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