A collection of noses is a Nasothek.
Classical statues tend to lose their noses, and
during the 19th century museums would commonly replace them with
“restoration” noses, to preserve the appearance of the original
During the 20th century some museums changed
philosophies and “de-restored” their collections, thinking it
better to present each piece in its authentic state. This
created a excess of noses, and some museums collect these into
displays of their own. I make no claims about which one
might resemble mine.
Incidentally, Gutzon Borglum, who also sculpted Mount
Rushmore, sculpted the Capitol bust of Abraham Lincoln - with
just one ear. He believed that the dualities of Lincoln’s
personality (hard as rock, soft as velvet) were reflected in
the opposite sides of his face, with the right strong and
masculine, the left soft and feminine. Borglum said of
Lincoln’s face, “You see half-smile, half-sadness; half anger,
half-forgiveness; half-determination, half-pause; a mixture of
expression that drew accurately the middle course he would
follow.” If you look at the left side, you do not see an ear.
Borglum explained that he purposely omitted the ear because he
wished attention to be drawn to the stronger right side of the