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Why Do so Many Egyptian Statues Have Broken Noses? - Artsy

The consistency of the patterns where damage is found in sculpture suggests that its purposeful, Bleiberg said, citing myriad political, religious, personal, and criminal motivations for acts of vandalism. Discerning the difference between accidental damage and deliberate vandalism came down to recognizing such patterns. A protruding nose on a three-dimensional statue is easily broken, he conceded, but the plot thickens when flat reliefs also sport smashed noses.