Queen Nefertiti Bust Essay

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The cultural artifact that I propose to study is the bust of the Queen Nefertiti who was an Egyptian queen and the Royal Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. The Queen is known to the modern world for her famed illuminous bust that now resides in Berlin’s museum. Nefertiti’s bust was created by the sculptor Thutmose and was discovered in his workshop by the German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt. The bust is an example of providing us, the Ancient Egyptians examples of art and how they regard facial proportions. The bust is considered the most copied works of art from Ancient Egypt. The bust is now considered to be an iconic symbol of Egypt and now Berlin. According to some Nefertiti’s bust is the soul of Egypt due to it being tied to the rich history. As William Wilson, …show more content…
An Egyptian doctor by the name of Dr. Zahi Hawass said that “Stielin is not a historian. He is delirious”. You can understand the passion behind that statement because in Dr. Hawass mind these foreigners are trying to erase the magnificent work of his ancestors. Art has always been a window for us to consider the past and see the life through their lens. This is a prime example of when Wilson said that folk poetry is “the living voice of the nationalities.” (826). Art and folk poetry are completely different however the two are similar in the sense that they are a form of artistic expression and can provide a voice or even eyes of the past.
For every theory that Stielin had Dr. Zahi Hawass was ready to debunk every single one. Stielin was under the impression that the bust was fake because the shoulders were cut vertically and that the style is usually horizontal. Hawass stated that this was a new style and was in fact some of the artistic changes brought up by Akhenaten, Nefertiti’s husband and Pharaoh. As for the missing eye, Hawass was under the impression the sculptor created it but it was later

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