Walking into the Egyptian art galleries at the Brooklyn Museum is an opportunity to view objects and artifacts that are thousands of years old. Among them are ancient sculptures with an unmistakable style. On closer inspection, however, you may realize there’s something strange about these statues. Many of them have at some point lost their noses.
It may seem a minor detail, but the lack of noses is in fact a typical feature across Egyptian statues. While they weren’t created to be nose-less, they had them broken off at some point in their long histories. Edward Bleiberg, curator at the Brooklyn Museum, told CNN in March 2019 that he thinks that the most frequent question he’s ever asked is “what happened to the noses?”