The beauty has come


In 1930, the German press described the Nefertiti bust as their queen, closely connecting it to the German national identity. Why does the 14th-century BC bust of a little known royal wife of a Egyptian pharaoh is associated with the German identity? The simple answer is - for its beauty. Nefertiti - meaning 'the beautiful one has come' - is the icon of a sensational feminine allure. Showing a woman with a long neck, elegantly arched brows, high cheekbones, a slender nose and an enigmatic smile on perfect red lips, makes the bust 'a unique masterpiece, a true treasure', 'the most precious stone in the setting of the diadem'. It was discovered in 1912 in Egypt by a German archaeologist. It is 50 centimetres tall, made of a limestone and painted on with mineral pigments; the pupil of the right eye had fallen out (Nefertiti has both eyes in other statues). Interestingly, in 2006 a CT scan of the bust revealed a wrinkled face of Nefertiti carved in the inner core of the bust, which was later levelled, presumably to reflect 'aesthetic ideals of the time'.





Nefertiti,1345 BC, Thutmose



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