Monday, June 04, 2012

Rare new head of Nefertiti

Zenobia (Judith Weingarten)

A new head of  Nefertiti has been identified (left).

This, we now must acknowledge, is a head of the famous Queen Nefertiti, wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE). After some serious detective work, Dr Christian E. Loeben, Egyptologist at the August Kestner Museum in Hanover, Germany, has established its true and fascinating identity. It had been thought, wrongly as it now turns out, that this fragment of a face depicted the unisex pharaoh himself.

Dr Loeben has been able to demonstrate convincingly that it is in fact the illustrious queen, whose most famous portrait is the polychrome bust kept in the Berlin Museum (below left).

It measures barely 5.5 cm (2.2") in height, but the red-brown quartzite* head is a tiny masterpiece of Egyptian art.


AliceG said...

Chins and jaw do not look alike. By no means an expert, but questionable to me.

geekygirl said...

the bust of nefertiti may not be a true likeness hence why they may look disimiler, in fact after the scanned the bust they found that the inner facial cast taken directly from her face does differ from the bust- they changed her appearence slightly to make her appear more this new face could actually be closer to her true face.