The bust of Nefertiti is perhaps the most well known, beloved and copied pieces of art in all human history. It is an exquisite piece of realistic artwork that captures female beauty and power.
But did you know that some people think this bust is a forgery? A lie told to billions - here’s why.
There is an argument that the bust was actually sculpted not around 1345 BC but sometime between 1900-1912 AD.
The bust was discovered in Amarna in 1912 by Ludwig Borchardt. It is he who is accused of actually creating the bust himself to test out ancient pigments. When the bust drew attention and was admired for its beauty, Borchardt simply pretended it was a genuine artefact.
It wasn’t revealed to the public until 1924 so people were quick to ask why it took 11 years to do so. Was Borchardt hiding something? Was he ageing the bust during that 11 years to make it appear to be a genuine ancient artefact?
Radiological tests, detailed tomography and material analysis have all proved the busts’ authenticity. Pigments taken from the sculpture have been compared and matched to materials used by Egyptian artisans - further bolstering the fact the bust is genuine. How much more proof do we need?
In my opinion, the bust of Nefertiti was commissioned by the queen herself. The realistic facial features are synonymous with the radical new art style of the Amarna period. Her sculptor, Thutmose created something that has endured the chaos of time. Nefertiti’s bust outlived the turmoil of Egypt’s history, she survived world wars and ancient conflict. And she rests soundly.
Looking into each and every one of us.
What those eyes must have seen.