Asked in Ancient EgyptNapoleon BonaparteThe Great Sphinx
What happened to the sphinx's nose?
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.
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.