Famous Nefertiti bust is a European fake
Copyright Naomi Astral © 2012
Museums often display artifacts knowing they are fakes; and the fakes often look nothing like the original. The fake antiquities markets really exploded in the 19th century at the same time Europe was developing their so called, sciences. The words, 'science and scientist' were first used in Europe in 1834. For thousands of years, scholars had been referred to as, philosophers, mathematicians, engineers and so on. But modern Europe was emerging as a world power for the first time and wanted to erase all previous knowledge of the past. In order to re-write his-story, they would create new sciences which would validate their new paradigm. The new sciences included; Anthropology, which would deny the existence of the ancient races of man, where giants and pygmies would become myth and new scientists such as Darwin would publish his 'Origin of the Species'. All of these new sciences were designed to present the European as a superior race and to conceal his origins. It is no surprise that Eugenics also became a science at this time, long before the era of Hitler. Another noted new science was, Egyptology, the only time a specific people in his-story has been given it's own science. When you look at early Egyptology in the 1800's, most people would agree that the so called, scientists were so racists, they were unable to use scientific judgement during their studies and very little has changed since then. Not all 'scientists' and researchers were of this ilk and many, like today do tell the truth but the media suppresses their work.
The fake artifacts industry serves two purposes; one is the phenomenal wealth associated with it and the other is to provide museums with a manufactured his-story supported by a scientific community with an agenda. In China alone, one of its museums contains 40,000 fake artifacts - http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/jul/17/jibaozhai-museum-closed-fakes-china
WHO WAS NEFERTITI..?
Nefertiti was the wife of King Akhenaten and perhaps a ruler in her own right after his death. Nefertiti was little more than a historical whisper when, in 1912 an exquisite limestone sculpture of her now famous face was unearthed at the royal retreat of Amarna. It was said to be more than 3000 years old dating from 1345 BC. From the moment it went on display at the Egyptian Museum in Berlin in 1924, the enigmatic bust with the swan like neck assumed a place as one of the world's most famous icons.
Her name, means 'the beautiful [or perfect] woman has come,' prompts some scholars to think that Nefertiti travelled to Egypt from a foreign land. Others theorize she was an Egyptian royal by birth. Still others think it unlikely that she was of royal blood but that her father was a high government official, a man named Kheperkheprure Ay, who went on to become King after Tutankhamen.
Essentially nothing is known about Nefertiti before she became co-regent of Egypt with her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten,who ruled from 1352 B.C. to 1336 B.C.
BOOKS DESCRIBE THE SHEER AMOUNT OF FAKE ARTIFACTS DURING THE 19TH CENTURY WHEN MUSEUMS EMERGED
Jean-Jacques Fiechter introduces us to a series of colourful individuals and illicit deals set against a backdrop of golden sands and sinister backrooms. He retells the stories of "masterpieces" that found their way into the collections of the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum and the British Museum, discusses how forgers plied their trade, while also retracing the pioneering inquiries led by the first "fake-busters."
EXTREMELY LIKELY THAT NEFERTITI BUST IS FAKE
The archaeologist who claimed to have found the bust was actually going to reproduce a new sculptor of the Queen wearing a necklace he knew she had owned. He was also experimenting with colour tests with ancient pigments found at the digs. After completing the bust in 1912, the copy was admired so much by a German Prince; the Archaeologist couldn't sum up the courage to tell the Prince it was a fake.
THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY KNEW THERE WERE HUGE ANOMALIES WITH THE BUST
'..The bust has no left eye and was never crafted to have one. This is an insult for an ancient Egyptian who believed the statue was the person themselves.." He also said the shoulders were cut vertically in the style practised since the 19th century while, "Egyptians cut shoulders horizontally" and that the features were accentuated in a manner recalling that of Art Nouveau. It was impossible to scientifically establish the date of the bust because it was made of stone covered in plaster, he said. "..The pigments, which can be dated, are really ancient.." he added.
ARCHAEOLOGIST AT THE TIME NEVER MENTIONED THE FIND AT THE SITE - IT WAS NEVER LISTED UNTIL 11 YEARS AFTER THE APPARENT DISCOVERY - THE ARCHAEOLOGIST DIDN'T EVEN SUPPLY A DESCRIPTION
Stierlin also listed problems he noted during the discovery and shipment to Germany as well as in scientific reports of the time.
French Archaeologists present at the site never mentioned the finding and neither did written accounts of the digs. The earliest detailed scientific report appeared in 1923, 11 years after the discovery. The archaeologist "..didn't even bother to supply a description, which is amazing for an exceptional work found intact..". Borchardt 'knew it was a fake', Stierlin said. "..He left the piece for 10 years in his sponsor's sitting-room. It's as if he'd left Tutankhamen's mask in his own sitting-room.."
Apart from anything else, the bust looks nothing like the 'real' Nefertiti images, it's as if someone has attempted to make her look European.
This is a computer simulated image of the real Nefertiti. Though
we don't know what shade her skin was,[she might have been darker] it is clear
from her images and those of her family that she was Nubian, this is not the
face of a European.
Relief of Nefertiti housed in Brooklyn Museum.
King Akhenaten - married to Nefertiti
One of Nefertiti's daughters
Egyptologists leaned long ago that fakes are fine, as long as the generate interest in the real thing
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