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Why Do So Many Egyptian Statues Have Broken Noses?

Why Do So Many Egyptian Statues Have Broken Noses?
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Here’s the most common question from visitors to Brooklyn Museum's Egyptian art galleries: Why are the statues’ noses broken?

Edward Bleiberg, who oversees the museum's Egyptian art, was surprised the first few times he heard this question. He had taken for granted that the sculptures were damaged. Certainly, after thousands of years, an ancient artifact should ...

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