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One eyed beauty: Queen Nefertiti's bust
  1. Francisco J Ascaso,
  2. Joaquín Lizana,
  3. Arun D Singh,
  4. Harminder S Dua

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One of the prized possessions of Germany's Neues Museum in Berlin is the bust (ca 1345 BC) of the legendary Queen Nefertiti. She was the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV and step mother of the boy king Tutankhamun.1

It was discovered in 1912 by the German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt at Tell-el-Amarna in what had been the sculptor Thutmose's workshop. Standing 47 cm (19 inches) tall the 3300-year-old bust of one of the ancient world's legendary beauties shows a woman with a long neck, elegantly arched brows and eyelids outlined …

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