Queen Nefertiti bust only 100 years old?


From Egyptology News:

The bust of Queen Nefertiti housed in a Berlin museum and believed to be 3,400 years old in fact is a copy dating from 1912 that was made to test pigments used by the ancient Egyptians, according to Swiss art historian Henri Stierlin.

Stierlin, author of a dozen works on Egypt, the Middle East and ancient Islam, says in a just-released book that the bust currently in Berlin’s Altes Museum was made on the orders of Germany archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt on site at the digs by an artist named Gerardt Marks.

Hawass reaction to this: here.

Egypt’s antiquities chief has declared that he will formally demand the return of the 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti from a Berlin museum after confirming it was sneaked out of Cairo through fraudulent documents: here.

Another article about the Nefertiti bust dispute: here.

Germany to celebrate centennial of Nefertiti bust discovery: here.

Women in ancient Egypt: here.

Egypt: Queen Nefertiti ‘was an aging beauty’


This video is about Queen Nefretiti.

Her famous bust was in the Ägyptisches Museum in Berlin. In 2005 the museum moved from its Charlottenburg location to Altes Museum.

From Discovery Channel:

Scholar: Nefertiti Was an Aging Beauty

Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

Sept. 5, 2006 — Nefertiti, one of the ancient world’s legendary beauties, may have had wrinkles and bags under her eyes, according to a new investigation into the famous bust bearing her likeness.

Since its discovery in 1912 at Tel-El-Amarna in what used to be the workshop of the sculptor Thutmose, the 3,300-year-old painted limestone bust has become an international symbol of beauty.

Showing a woman with a long neck, elegantly arched brows, high cheekbones, a slender nose and an enigmatic smile played about red lips, the bust has established Nefertiti as one of the most beautiful faces of antiquity.

But on closer inspection, visible wrinkles run down her slender neck, and puffy bags circle her eyes, says Dietrich Wildung, director of Berlin’s Egyptian museum.

Wildung shared his observations on Sunday during a meeting on Egyptian collections in Italy’s Tuscan town of Montepulciano.

“We discovered that Nefertiti shows some signs of her age.

Now she is even more fascinating,” Wildung said.

Wildung discovered the features of aging as he considered using a different kind of lighting for the statue’s new display at Berlin’s Altes Museum.

The finding was supported by a CT scan carried on the 19-inch bust in July. The test confirmed that the sculptor added gypsum around Nefertiti’s eyes and cheeks.

Update on this: here. And here.

See also on Nefertiti: here.

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