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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There exists an interesting account written by historian Muhammad al-Husayni Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (died in 1442), in a book called "al-Mawa'iz wa al-i'tibar fi dhikr al-khitat wa al-athar". Don't ask for a translation. Anyway, al-Maqrizi states that the face, specifically the nose and ears, were demolished in 1378 by a "Sufi from the khanqah of Sa'id al-Su'ada named Sa'im al-dahr". The reason for the vandalism, according to al-Maqrizi, was to "remedy some religious errors". At that time some Egyptians were still burning milk-thistle (shuka'a) and safflower (badhaward) at the foot of the Sphinx while murmuring a verse 63 times in hope that their wishes would be fulfilled. "From the time of this disfigurement also," al-Maqrizi wrote, "the sand has invaded the cultivated land of Giza, and the people attribute this to the disfigurement of Abul-Hol [the Sphinx]".

It is interesting that al-Maqrizi mentions that the ears were demolished.
As far as anyone can see, the Sphinx still has his ears, no?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot to add wind erosion to the 'usual suspects' list...but the deiberate defacing sounds more interesting...yeah, I'd heard the theory about the cleric defacing it because he thought it disrespected the Muslim religion, I suppose that's the one you mentioned above?

So really, we're not really sure who's responsible for picking the sphinx's nose. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hèhè. To be very short: nope.
I'd think it to be likely to include wind erosion...
But why then only the nose? Any other extremities seem untainted.
The ears don't have damage, you can even see the uraeus quite well.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The nose sticks out a lot more, I suppose. It's more protuding and prominent, the ears seem to be carved into the headdress.

I did remember seeing a kid's comic book with a picture of some Arab bloke firing a cannon at the nose, although I'm not sure if that was a truthful or not.
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