Why Are the Noses Broken on So Many Ancient Egyptian Statues?

Live Science | 3/26/2019 | Staff
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The ancient Egyptians were artistic champions, carving countless statues that showcased the society's pharaohs, religious figures and wealthy citizens. But though these statues depicted different people or beings, many of them share a commonality: broken noses.

This broken nose epidemic is so pervasive, it makes you wonder whether these busted sniffers were the result of haphazard accidents or whether something more sinister was afoot.

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It turns out, the answer is, in most cases, the latter.

How Were the Egyptian Pyramids Built?

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Scientists have had to piece together clues as to how pyramids were constructed.

These statues have broken noses because many ancient Egyptians believed that statues had a life force. And if an opposing power came across a statue it wanted to disable, the best way to do that was to break off the statue's nose, said Adela Oppenheim, a curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. [How Were the Egyptian Pyramids Built?]

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Granted, the ancient Egyptians didn't actually think that statues, even with their life force, could get up and move around, given that they were made out of stone, metal or wood. Nor did the Egyptians think that the statues were literally breathing. "They knew that they weren't inhaling air — they could see that," Oppenheim told Live Science. "On the other hand, the statues have a life force, and the life force comes through the nose, that's how you breathe."

It was common to perform ceremonies on statues, including the "opening of the mouth ritual," in which the statue was anointed with oils and had...
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