Thursday, May 7, 2015

Greek Gods Built Like Nubians

The Nubians of the Jardin d'Acclimatation

In this 1878 presentation to the Anthropology Society of Paris, Doctor Gustave Le Bon briefly describes photographs that he took of Nubians. After Le Bon's talk, Doctor Paul Broca, the Society's Secretary-General, discusses at length how sculptors of ancient Egypt must have used Negro slaves as their models in making statues. Broca notes that the classical era Greek sculptors, mistakenly believing "that people of all races possessed the same bodily dimensions," borrowed their statue-making rules from Egypt, producing as a result sculptures whose figures also possessed the bodily proportions of Negroes. Le Bon's Nubian photos, adds Broca, "provides additional confirmation of this point of mine."

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