And yet this is what Rose and Woodjie imagined ancient Egyptians looked like. (Actually, Woodjie's picture is even LIGHTER hair- and skin- wise.) Some of the older children defended this interpretation during our dinner discussion. They told me I oughtn't "correct" this because there are plenty of very light Africans from Morocco and you can't tell anything about anybody by where they're from.
I wound up feeling I shouldn't be quite so racially prejudiced against Egyptians, being so bold as to assume they all sort of looked alike colouring-wise. I wasn't there in 2000 BC, so I can't say for sure that (aside from the Pharoah and some of his friends) Egyptians didn't all look exactly like this beefy blonde guy. Patrick says he appears to have come from an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Remember those? The big burly guy is talking, but his jaw somehow never moves.