Saturday, February 04, 2017


The noses on Classical statues were often damaged or lost over time. 19th century museums made replacement parts of marble or plaster to restore statues to their original appearance. A change of philosophy in the 20th century led to the removal of 19th-century additions in the interest of authenticity.

What happened to the noses of the "de-restored" statues? Some museums retained the no longer useful prosthetic noses in collections called Nasotheks. Have you seen that word before? I hadn't.

Above is the collection in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum in Copenhagen.

Via Futility Closet
Thanks Bruce!

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