I’m not kidding. Someone sent me a hysterical comment claiming this was what they ‘really looked like’. After a bit of a laugh, I dug out the image I have of Meritaten (currently in the Louvre) to compare it.
This is Nefertiti’s daughter, Meritaten, wearing a Nubian wig. If you take a close look, you can see both statues have the same scars on the left cheek. It appears someone has stuck a dark coloured filter over the second image. If you take a look at the undoctored image you can see the patch of flesh coloured paint by her right eye, complete with eyeliner. I expanded this to cover part of her face with an art program and it’s in the same kind of skin tone range as most of the coffin and statue portraits I have, not black.
Another Afrocentrist site routinely puts a very dark grey filter over his images, then digitally snips some of them out and pastes them onto a new background. He can moan all he likes about copyright. Check that slight brightness around the image where it was ‘snipped’.
There’s a whole site of images like this. I’ve managed to track down the original images of some, and the skin tones have all been ‘helped’ to be ‘more realistically black’.
So if the Egyptians were obviously black why do the images need to be doctored to make them look black?