Take a good look at this statue. Have you looked at it? Please, look at it again! I, personally, had no knowledge of such a statue until a few days ago.
Strangely, the Egyptian government also did not know that such a statue existed until 2013, and then it was upset. This marble statue (Frederick Bartoldy) was designed in 1875. and was initially featured in Parc Egyptian created by the French Egyptian scientist (August Marriet) for the 1877 World Exhibition.
The statue shows the French representative Champion, standing with his shoes on the head of the Egyptian King (Thutmose III), one of the greatest rulers of Egypt throughout its history. In 2013, the Egyptian government said it was surprised by the existence of such an abusive statue against Egypt and its civilization; it described it as insulting and shameful.
After that, he was supposed to be transferred to Vega, chambillion hometown, but the project didn’t find enough support and stayed in Paris. In 1878, the statue was placed in its current location in the yard of Collège de France.
The statue sparked the anger of archaeologists in Egypt in 2013. They sent a petition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Antiquities condemning the statue as insulting Egyptian civilization. The Egyptian government urged the French government to remove this shameful statue. Now, the people are demanding to benefit from the anti-racist American and European demonstrations, so that this degrading statue of Egypt’s civilization and history is removed, which is similar to the murder of George Floyd under the foot of a police officer.
Strangely, it came to represent someone who was supposed to remain in the mindset of Egyptians that he made a huge accomplishment of decoding Rasheed stone and revealing ancient Egyptian writing.
As for the strangest, the sculptor (French Bartoldy) is himself a designer (Statue of Liberty in New York) in the United States of America. And so I say: Despite the champion shoes, Thutmose III’s head will still be lifted!
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