i salute you for all the women out there.
- I want this story to be written
- I don’t want this story to be written by anyone but me
- I don’t want to write this story
#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.
The bolded was me too and I am seriously embarrassed that I never even thought about how that could be false.
Damnnn. I hate myself for not realizing this.
I hate myself even more, since I know the ancient Egyptians created their sculptural works with the idea of permanence in mind. They were literally built to last throughout the afterlife. Notice how the majority of their monumental sculpture is stone-bound, without any protruding elements or breakable appendages. That’s because many of these sculptures were intended to house the life-force (Ka) of those they portrayed. Of their favorite materials were basalt and diorite, both extremely hard stones that were incredibly difficult to carve. Meaning a nose just doesn’t “fall off” because of “poor craftsmanship,” you would literally have to take a hammer to it. Fuckers.
when I realized sometime in this last year (thanks to another tumblr post similar to this) that the noses were purposefully knocked off I felt this same level of embarrassment and astonishment. It just makes so much sense. I will definitely be working this into my lesson on Egyptian art I teach my middle school students.
shit, man. I fricking LIVED in Egypt for 3 years, and I never noticed this - I mean, loads of Egyptian statues DO have noses, and I know that tonnes of Classical Greek & Roman statues got bits knocked off over the years - often limbs or dicks - I mean, hell, the Winged Victory of Samothrace lost one wing, one breast, both arms and her head, and she’s only a couple of thousand years old. So - I just never questioned it. Statues get damaged by accident, and on purpose - like all the figures of Akhenaten being defaced after his death because he tried to convert Egypt to monotheism , and all the Egyptian deity figures that were defaced by early Egyptian Christians. But…shit. Yeah. I would TOTALLY buy this, because it fits right into the fucking narrative, doesn’t it? White Europeans = civilization, culture, art, dignity, philosophy, humanity. Black Africans = primitive savagery & ignorance. It’s the same story with Native Americans & how they’ve been reframed & fictionalised & outright lied about. Hell, it’s the same story with Palestine right now. Fucking evil colonialist narrative bullshit, man.
The more I learn, the more ashamed I am of my people. We have done, and continue to do, SO MUCH DAMAGE on the world stage.
"If you’re in so much pain, then eat.”