Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Egypt asks German museum for Nefertiti bust

Egypt's supreme council of antiquities has asked Berlin's Neues Museum to return a priceless painted limestone bust of Nefertiti, the ancient Egyptian queen renowned for her beauty.

The treasure has been in the possession of the museum since its discovery in 1912 by a German archaeologist. The exquisite bust underscores the ancient Egyptian's understanding of realistic facial proportions and in fact is credited with making Nefertiti famous world wide. It also sealed her renown as a great beauty and is one Egypt's most well known images. 

Nefertiti, lived from 1370-1330 BC, was queen and wife to Pharaoh Amenhotep IV and mother-in-law to pharaoh Tutankhamun and had six known daughters.

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Egypt's antiquities chief says government asking Berlin to return Nefertiti bust
The Canadian Press

Egypt: Supreme Council of Antiquities asks German museum for Nefertiti bust

Egypt officially requests return of ancient Nefertiti bust
Deutsche Welle

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