06 May 2009

Nefertiti's bust is fake

PARIS (AFP) — 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...

The historian said the archaeologist had hoped to produce a new portrait of the queen wearing a necklace he knew she had owned, and was also looking to carry out a colour test with ancient pigments found at the digs.

But on December 6, 1912, the copy was admired as an original work by a German prince and the archaeologist "couldn't sum up the courage to ridicule" his guest, Stierlin said...


  1. Stan, I have to admit that this post caused me more disappointment than anything else I've read on your site. Not blaming you of course, but it still hurts.

  2. Even if it's a sad news for my imagination, it's nice to discover the truth.


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