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On the Physical Characters of the Egyptians

Researches into the Physical History of Man (London: Arch, 1813), pp. 376-388


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There can scarcely be a doubt, that the first of these was the primitive character of the -ancient Egyptians. It was common to them and the Ethiopians in the first ages and is ac cordingly found in the most ancient monuments, and in the oldest descriptions remaining. It became gradually softened down by the progress of natural deviation, into the third class, which was frequent in the latter times of the Egyptian monarchy, and is found in the majority of the works of art made during that period. It is a curious fact, that the deviation had proceeded still further, and that the Hindu character, had ,made its appearance in the Egyptian race, and distinguished one class of the people. To conclude our remarks on the Egyptians, we may consider the general result of the facts which we can collect concerning their physical characters to be this; that the national configuration prevailing in the most ancient times, was nearly the Negro form, with woolly hair. But that in a later age this character had become considerably modified and changed, and that a part of the population of Egypt resembled the modern Hindus. The general complexion was black, (a) or at least a very dusky hue. thick and similar to a truncated cone. The crowns also of the dentes canini are like those of the molares and only differ from the latter in situation. (Blum. V. N. G. IL) (a) This was certainly the general colour but it is not to



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