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Nefertiti’s 100 year anniversary

By JC, Germany, June 2012

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The bust of Nefertiti is one of the best-known ancient artworks, right up there with the Sphinx, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo. Dating from around 1340 BC, it depicts the wife of Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, and both the artistic quality and the evident beauty of its sitter have fascinated museum-goers over the decades.

Yes, that’s “decades” and not centuries, because the bust was only discovered in 1912 by German Egyptologist Ludwig Borchardt, who spirited it back to Berlin where it has been ever since. And since 2009 it’s had a spectacular new setting in the restored Neues (New) Museum, where it can be seen from all angles, dramatically spotlit against dark walls.

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