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Q: Roman nose, Byzantine nose, Egyptian nose ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Roman nose, Byzantine nose, Egyptian nose
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: tcblum-ga
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Posted: 01 Mar 2003 22:07 PST
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Question ID: 169460
I know what a Roman nose is.  But what does a "Byzantine nose" look
like, and what about an "Egyptian nose"?
Subject: Re: Roman nose, Byzantine nose, Egyptian nose
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 01 Mar 2003 22:48 PST
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Dear tcblum-ga;

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting

The site, ANTELIER SAINT-ANDRE, refers to a Byzantine art style that
depicts the nose this way:

“Its length is the basic unit of measurement in the construction of
the face. This measure is referred to as a module. The nose is
rendered as fine and elongated. It is the axis of the face. The bridge
of the nose is drawn in a triangular form and the tip is rounded.”

“A Community of Traditional Byzantine Iconographers”

The site, CIVILIZED MEN IN EGYPT, addresses two points; namely the way
Egyptians viewed themselves (or wished to be viewed by others) and the
way they actually appeared. “The portraits, on the other hand, show
two things in particular: that there was considerable individual
variation in bodily build as in head and face form within the
dolichocephalic and mesocephalic range, and that many of the
officials, courtiers, and priests, representing the upper class of
Egyptian society but not the royalty, looked strikingly like modern
Europeans, especially long?headed ones. This is due perhaps to the
fact that the Egyptian nose was not typically high rooted, like those
of the Mesopotamians as depicted in their art; and also, perhaps,
because the portraiture, at least of the men, shows a greater
angularity of line and form than do the conventional representations.”

“There may also have been some distinction of type in the royal
families, for the rulers often have that extremely dolichocephalic
head form, coupled with a sloping forehead and high nasal aquilinity,
with highly excavated nostrils, seen so typically in the familiar
mummy of Rameses III, as in the living emperor of Ethiopia, Hailie
Selassie. This strain may well have been derived in most ancient times
from the headwaters of the Nile.”


Basically, a Byzantine nose is long and thin in appearance, featuring
a noticeably narrow ridge and rounded tip. While an Egyptian nose is
traditionally one that is considerably more arched and measurably
wider and more flared at the nostrils.

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tcblum-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Roman nose, Byzantine nose, Egyptian nose
From: magnesium-ga on 02 Mar 2003 02:06 PST
This is an absolutely splendid answer that deserved a five star rating.

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