I find this claim somewhat oppotunistic. A Swiss art historian announces the release of a new book in which he claims that the bust of Nefertiti is actually a fake.

Doesn't have that much proof in my opinion. But here's one of the articles and you can make your own decision.

.....a Swiss art historian is claiming that a delicate bust of the Egyptian monarch in Berlin that was thought to date back to 1347 BC is in fact a 20th-century imposter.

Henri Stierlin says the bust was made by an artist named Gerardt Marks at the request of Ludwig Borchardt, an archaeologist, for research purposes. On December 6, 1912, a German prince admired the statue as an original, the story goes, and Borchardt didn’t have the heart to correct him.

Interesting that this appears just when Egypt's demands for the return of the bust of Nefertiti are heating up and after the recent CT scan of the statue revealed an exquisitely carved limestone base they claim proves its a real artifact, not a copy.

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I wish there was a way that we could simply let the validity of the Nefertiti bust drop. Without actually resurrecting its creator we will never truly know if the bust is from 1335 BC or from the early 19th century!

Honestly, does it really matter? We know through historical fact that there WAS a woman in Egypt's history named Nefertiti. We also know that she was married to Akhenaten, that she was the stepmother to Tutankhamun and that during their rule they changed Egypt's religion.

Isn't that enough? Whether the bust is thirty four hundred years old or a mere one hundred it still represents a historic figure from the past. Can't we simply appreciate it for what and who it represents?

Charline Ratcliff, Author

May 8, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

The controversy adds to her mystery, Charlotte.

This beautiful bust may have been reproduced just for the museum, and the original.....?

October 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

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