Pre-Noseless Depictions of the Great Sphinx

Posted by Chris Parker | June 7, 2007 0

Previously, on Black, Brown or White, The Egyptians on the Egyptians… Not that it matters, took a look at the “race” of the Egyptians, based on the art of the Egyptians themselves. Prior to the advent of the internet, it was not very easy for the average person to view a copious amount of Egyptian art–now it is literally possible to view hundreds of thousands of examples on the internet.

Here at, we can state without fear of contradiction that the Egyptians were what would today be called “Black”. Actually through their art they appeared to be multi-cultural with Nubian and Arabic influence, primarily black or brown-skinned.

This appears to continue to be a problem for some people but the open minded can simply look at Egyptian art and reach their own conclusions.

When the great achievements of Egyptian culture were being discovered and written about, there was something going on in the history of that time which “colored” everything. That something was the institution of slavery.

“From about the 1640s until 1865, people of African descent were legally enslaved within the boundaries of the present U. S. mostly by whites, but also by a comparatively small number of American Indians and free blacks.”…Wikipedia

The idea of a high civilization and technology created by dark skinned peoples was clearly unacceptable when one of the main rationales for slavery was the superiority of some “races” over others. The association of Black Africans with certain wonders of the ancient world was obscured.

How well did it work? No one remembers that there were drawings of the Sphinx prior to the later damage which caused certain features to be obscured. It is still possible, as the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas has done to render a culturally ambiguous Great Sphinx even though the actual monument is located in the heart of Africa. True suppressions indeed!

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