Central part of the face, variously protruding, contributing to diverse functions (breathing, feeling…) - As an organ of smell, the nose takes an essential place in relation to the world and the environment around us.


Partie centrale du visage, diversement saillante, concourant à diverses fonctions (respirer, sentir...) – En tant qu’organe de l’odorat, le nez occupe une place essentielle dans le rapport au monde et à l’environnement qui nous entoure.

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Kyphi – The sacred scent

“For ancient Egyptians, burning incense was a daily celebration of fragrance, and their favorite incense of all was Kyphi. On a daily basis, the ritualized burning of incense in ancient Egypt consisted of frankincense in the morning, myrrh during the day, and Kapet (Kyphi from the Greek translation) in the evening. According to Egyptologists, Kyphi played an important role as a sacred fragrance in many ceremonies.
Various Kyphi recipes were made, some using about a dozen ingredients, while others included over fifty. Kyphi recipes are inscribed on the walls of the ancient temples of Edfu and Philae, with pictographs of Kyphi being used and recipes for making it.” (

Kanji: 芳. Radical: 艸. Number of strokes: 7. Meaning: “ perfume”. Pronunciation: ホウ、かんば-しいhō, kanba-shii.



Yemen had a prominent position in the incense trade. (Arabic lg, Arabic wr)

Le Yémen occupait une position de premier plan dans le commerce de l'encens.

What is the nose? How to define it? From Japanese tengu to the impressive Cyrano de Bergerac, from the perfumer's skills to the smell of camphor, what place does the faculty of smelling take in human and non-human activities? What about its cultural representation? Is digital technology changing the game?... (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que le nez ? Comment le définir ? Du tengu japonais à l’impressionnant Cyrano de Bergerac, des aptitudes du parfumeur à l’odeur de camphre, quelle place prend la faculté de sentir dans les activités humaines et non humaines ? Qu’en est-il de sa représentation culturelle ? Le numérique change-t-il la donne ?... (à compléter)

Kanji: 鼻. Radical: 鼻. Number of strokes: 14. Meaning: “ nose”. Pronunciation: ビ、はなbi, hana.



The traditional Maori greeting, two people pressing their noses together while touching foreheads- The breath of life (ha) is exchanged and the visitor (manuhiri) becomes one of the people of the land (tangata whenua).


Hongi – Le salut traditionnel maori, deux personnes pressant le nez et le front l’un contre l’autre - Le souffle de vie (ha) est échangé et le visiteur (manuhiri) devient ainsi l'un des habitants de la terre (tangata whenua).

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A Japanese legendary creature
Taking their name from a dog-like Chinese demon
And their form from birds of prey
Humanized with an unnaturally long nose

On the top of Ontakesan御嶽山
A Tengu’s statue of 12m
Said to be the greatest Tengu in Japan

Hansen’s disease – Leprosy

“Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. These bacteria grow very slowly and it may take up to 20 years to develop signs of the infection. The disease can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of the nose (nasal mucosa). The bacteria attack the nerves, which can become swollen under the skin. This can cause the affected areas to lose the ability to sense touch and pain, which can lead to injuries, like cuts and burns. Usually, the affected skin changes color and either becomes:
• lighter or darker, often dry or flaky, with loss of feeling, or
• reddish due to inflammation of the skin.”

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