Nefertiti's bust was likely created around 1340 BCE, near the height of Akhenaten's power. It is 44 pounds and life-sized, carved from a single block of limestone. The concept of a royal portrait was nothing unusual in ancient Egyptian society; the temples and palaces of Egypt are full of them. What makes this portrait unique is its depiction of the queen
A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the bust in 1912 in Thutmose's workshop. It has been kept at various locations in Germany since its discovery, including the cellar of a bank, a salt mine in Merkers-Kieselbach, the Dahlem museum, the Egyptian Museum in Charlottenburg and the Altes Museum.It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, where it was originally displayed before World War II.
While we're familiar with the blocky and solid monumental portraits of Egyptian rulers, Nefertiti's bust looks vastly different. Not only is the face carved with softly curved cheekbones, strong chin, and sharp nose, but the limestone core was covered in gypsum stucco, which was then painted. The result is an incredibly lifelike depiction of the queen. Nefertiti's bust is colored with golden-brown skin, red lips, colored jewelry and crown. The eyes are set with crystal, and one pupil is made with black wax. The other eye was never finished.
The Nefertiti bust has become a cultural symbol of Berlin as well as ancient Egypt. Nefertiti herself has become an icon. Nefertiti is widely known for her beauty and versatility. It has also been the subject of an intense argument between Egypt and Germany over Egyptian demands for its repatriation. It was dragged into controversy by the Body of Nefertiti art exhibition and also by doubts over its authenticity.
According to www.study.com and www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk
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