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Sphinx will get a "facelift"
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as u can see..im going thru a spelling spasm because of that horrific pic...i hope nobody in the antiquities department knows about placing a micheal jackson nose on the sphinx
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thank god nobody in the ntiquties deptment knows has any evil ideas about this! haha...


Unless Zahi Hawass happens to see this picture of the Wacko-Jacko-Sphinx and says, "Hmm, this might attract the younger Americans...let's do it!"

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nah, I think ZH would be more likely to ban you from visiting Egypt for even just thinking such crazy ideas! Laughing Just kidding! But I'd imagine ZH would go crazy if someone ever decided to deface the sphinx in a MJ stylee!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL I hope you're right. I should have more faith in Hawass. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes really...fingers crossed! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all - this is my first post! Smile I was there in 2003 and again in 2006 - the colours on the sphinx had faded noticeably.

The nose is in The British Museum isn't it?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The nose is in The British Museum isn't it?



Hi, gaffzilla! Smile I'm not sure about the nose, but part of the sphinx's beard is in the British Museum (the other part being in the Cairo Museum). Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...but part of the sphinx's beard is in the British Museum...


Gees, you Brits. Why don't you give it back? You know a man (even a sphinx) doesn't feel, well, manly without his beard! Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gees, you Brits. Why don't you give it back? You know a man (even a sphinx) doesn't feel, well, manly without his beard!

Laughing I believe the Egyptian government made a request for the beard part to be returned to Egypt some years ago, but they never got it. The beard part wasn't on display in the British Museum (maybe it still isn't), so there could've been plans to re-attach the beard part from the British Museum and the beard part from the Cairo Museum to the sphinx itself. I remember Bob Brier speaking about the beard fragment in Cairo in one of his lectures. Apparently, when he saw it, it was just on the floor in the library for anyone to trip over, if I remember correctly. Rolling Eyes It's unlikely that the beard would be returned to Egypt (even though I agree that it would be amazing if the sphinx could have his beard returned to him) because the British Museum would be worried that it set a precedent for Zahi Hawass to re-new his demands for having other things returned to Egypt...namely, the Rosetta Stone. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...the British Museum would be worried that it set a precedent for Zahi Hawass to re-new his demands for having other things returned to Egypt...namely, the Rosetta Stone.


I'm sure that's exactly what would happen. Once you return something, you launch a dangerous precedent from which the Egyptian government will never back down.

Even if the fragment of beard in the British Museum isn't on display, I'm sure it's being well treated and conserved. It might not be receiving the expert attention the other fragment is enjoying at the Cairo museum ( Rolling Eyes ) but I'm sure it's fine.

Really, now, I doubt the chunk in the Cairo museum is still lying on the floor. I'm willing to bet Zahi's using it as a doorstop. Or maybe a big-ass paperweight.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an interesting, fairly direct comparison between the Sphinx when it was still part submerged in the desert and when they uncovered it completely.
Looks like they did a good chunk of restoration work on the face back then.

(Sorry I don't know the dates of these photos, the first one is around 1905, but I don't know when the second one was taken).
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My son and I were watching a program the other day on who built the Sphinx and we were horrified to see British soldiers using it as target practice Shocked I don't know when this actually happened but I can't understand how they were allowed to get away with such an act. We were NOT impressed.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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British soldiers using it as target practice

Every British tourist who visits Egypt should at least inform themselves about the so-called Dinshawai Incident of 1906, because I don't think it has ever really been forgotten there.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Khuy-n-inpw wrote:
Kiya wrote:
British soldiers using it as target practice

Every British tourist who visits Egypt should at least inform themselves about the so-called Dinshawai Incident of 1906, because I don't think it has ever really been forgotten there.

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Please explain? I've never heard of this...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The British soldiers using the Sphinx as target practice story is as old as the hills and completely incorrect. Rolling Eyes
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