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Ancient Egypt
Napoleon Bonaparte
The Great Sphinx

What happened to the sphinx's nose?

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November 29, 2010 1:26AM

It got blown off by the wind slowly. And over the years bit by bit it wore off and just disapeared.

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It is possible that a human damaged the nose. The legend that Napoleon used it for target practice and knocked off the nose with a cannon ball has been around for centuries. However, drawings show the nose was missing even before that. Another possibility is damage done in the fifteenth century.